What is it? Does it matter if you live and work in one? I try to answer some of these questions in my cover story for Pacific Northwest magazine. Phoenicians: My thinking on these issues began in the early 2000s, when ASU President Michael Crow gave me a copy of the late Janet Abu-Lughod's book. He meant it as a benchmark against which Phoenix will be measured and compete, whether it wishes to or not.
[UPDATE] I see that Phoenix Magazine has put up the December story I did on old Phoenix. Read it here.