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Arizona’s bright days and balmy nights have lured generations of Americans. But will our ever-hotter and longer summers spoil the party? In the final feature of our Five Cs series, we explore ways people are trying to cool our cities and harness the power of our climate.

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The 5 Cs of Arizona: Copper, cattle, citrus, cotton and climate – these were the staples of Arizona’s early economy, the sustenance of her salad days. They’re also the inspiration for this year’s showcase of reader-generated photographic excellence.

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Once the state’s top crop, drought-sensitive cotton faces an uncertain future in Arizona. In this installment of PHOENIX magazine’s Five Cs series, we weave together the past, present and future of the fluffy fiber that built Goodyear, helped win two world wars and – somewhere along the line – became the fabric of our lives.

For more than 50 years, PHOENIX magazine's experienced writers, editors, and designers have captured all sides of the Valley with award-winning and insightful writing, and groundbreaking report and design. Our expository features, narratives, profiles, and investigative features keep our 385,000 readers in touch with the Valley's latest trends, events, personalities and places.