Suburban Sprawl

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Arts Issue: August 2016
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“To live in a city named after a bird that periodically immolates itself is to invite scrutiny,” writes Grady Gammage Jr. in the prologue to The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix (Island Press). As Senior Scholar at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, Gammage scrutinizes “Sun Belt” cities and the unique challenges they face. In this study, he examines Phoenix through the lenses of suburban sprawl and sustainability, analyzing everything from transportation to environmental concerns. It’s an engaging read with a compelling final chapter, the sweetly resolute “Planning to Stay.”

– Leah LeMoine