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May 19, 2009


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Disturbingly accurate. And very easy to see for Arizona natives and former Phoenix residents like myself, who have left the state for greener pastures.

It never changes, with all the problems the state faces, the money all goes to more freeway construction to fuel all that "future" growth. I drive the 202 everyday and widening this easy commute is a waste of resources.

This is a great primer. We need this kind of context.

Thanks for that, Jon.


You've drawn a disturbing and accurate picture of our hometown transformed with toxic consequences. I seriously doubt the Phoenix of our childhood memories will survive in any other form. That's sad and I see no turning back. I don't recognize the place anymore.

We can only hope that Phoenix actually can rise again from the ashes of this death.

"It has repeatedly vetoed, using debatable arguments (but no one has the power to debate them), what could have been signature skyscrapers downtown."

Downtown is less than two miles off the end of all three runways and yet you call downtown building restrictions "debatable"? Nevertheless these restrictions are FAA imposed and even then are not enforcable outside of the FAA restricting certain traffic out of Sky Harbor. Side note: building height restrictions evaporate north of Van Buren, yet very little still gets built downtown. Difficult to blame the airport (or the FAA) for that.

"The loss of Valley National Bank and Dial were especially catastrophic"

Ridiculous over-statement. Every city has lost corporate headquarters in the last ten years yet they manage to survive as regional or US headquarters (as has Valley Bank and Dial). Is Seattle that much worse off now that Boeing has its headquarters in Chicago?

"... Or a corporate headquarters such as the parent of the University of Phoenix, which plays no leadership role and locates its new headquarters out on a freeway inaccessible by convenient transit"

U of Phoenix is a deplorable diploma mill and a lousy corporate citizen, however, most corporate headquarters in America are located in suburbs.

"Phoenix is in relative decline that will soon become absolute. It has most of the metro area's poor and underclass, most of the destitute, most of the first-generation, low-skilled immigrants, most of the aging infrastructure and linear slums."

Once again, this is not unique to Phoenix. Most American city centers suffer from the hollowing out of city-centers. Phoenix has chosen to deal with it through aggressive annexing. It hasn't worked.

The discussion exists that the land taken by un-bought housing can be flattened, scraped and used once again for agriculture. At some point when water is scarce, and oil more expensive, food will be grown and harvested close to those who use it. The whole economics of shipping food in refrigerated containers is on its way out right when water and oil become more scarce.

I agree with each element in this piece and Mr. Talton should explore the history of the LDS in Arizona's political and economic power structures at some later date.

"Under the entrepreneurial leadership of Michael Crow, the university has swooped in to help downtown Phoenix and the Los Arcos neighborhood of Scottsdale."

I call BS on ASU helping Los Arcos. Skysong is a massive failure.

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