Sustainable? Phoenix?

I just finished reading Grady Gammage’s book, “The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons From Sustainable Phoenix.” I recommend it to anyone who lives in an auto-oriented desert city and wonders about its long term prospects. The myth of the lone cowboy going out to the open desert amidst the saguaro cactus with a pick … Continue reading Sustainable? Phoenix?

The Other Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs is remembered almost exclusively as the patron saint of vibrant walkable human scaled neighborhoods. Her classic 1961 “Death and Life of Great American Cities” is the Bible for many urban theorists. But we hear very little of her last few books. It’s worth reflecting on those as well since she explores the underlying dynamics … Continue reading The Other Jane Jacobs