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Inhabitants of Phoenix tend to think small but live big. They feel connected to small neighborhoods and communities but drive farther to get to work, feel the effects of the regional heat island, and depend in part for their water on snow packs in Wyoming. In Metropolitan Phoenix, Patricia Gober explores the efforts to build a sustainable desert city in the face of environmental uncertainty, rapid growth, and increasing social diversity. Metropolitan Phoenix chronicles the burgeoning of this desert community, including the audacious decisions that created a metropolis of 3.6 million people in a harsh and demanding physical setting. From the prehistoric Hohokam, who constructed a thousands miles of irrigation canals, to the Euro-American farmers, who converted the dryland river valley into an agricultural paradise at the end of the nineteenth century, Gober stresses the sense of beginning again and building anew that has been deeply embedded in wave after wave of human migration to the region. In the early twentieth century, the so-called health seekers--asthmatics, arthritis and tuberculosis sufferers--arrived with the hope of leading more vigorous lives in the warm desert climate, while the post-war period drew veterans and their families to the region to work in emerging electronics and defense industries. Most recently, a new generation of elderly, seeking "active retirement," have settled into retirement communities on the perimeter of the city. Metropolitan Phoenix also tackles the future of the city. The passage of a recent transportation initiative, efforts to create a biotechnology incubator, and growing publicity about water shortages and school funding have placed Phoenix at acrossroads, forcing its citizens to grapple with the issues of social equity, environmental quality and economic security. Gober argues that given Phoenix's dramatic population growth and enormous capacity for change, it can become a prototype for twenty-first-century urba

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The fourth in a series dedicated to profiles of the historic experience, spatial configuration, culture, and contemporary issues of North American metropolitan regions, this volume looks at the Arizona desert city of Phoenix. For Gober (geography, Arizona State U.), the central question of the book is "how to build a cosmopolitan, multicultural, and cohesive community capable of sustaining large-scale growth in a fragile and uncertain desert environment. She provides chapters on the regions environmental history, the cultural history and current social fragmentation of the city, factors of growth, systems of transportation and the built environment, prospects for downtown redevelopment, and future prospects. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


"Metropolitan Phoenix" explores the efforts to build a sustainable desert city in the face of environmental uncertainty, rapid growth, and increasing social diversity.

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University of Pennsylvania Press
Gober, Patricia
Social conditions
United States - State & Local - Southwest
Phoenix (Ariz.) History.
Phoenix Metropolitan Area (Ariz.)
World History-General
Metropolitan Portraits
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8.94x5.32x.61 in. .76 lbs.

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