Forum Design Journal | Fall 2012

Approximately 40% of the Valley and 11% of Downtown Phoenix is vacant land. Sprawling across 1000 square miles, Phoenix’s urban form is not the result of the real-estate crash, but decades of auto-centered boom-times that encouraged cheap growth on our expanding periphery. The many empty spaces left behind during leapfrog development need not be seen as a detriment, however, but instead an opportunity to transform Phoenix into a diverse and vibrant city of the future. Architects, policy-makers and planners will weigh in with their approach in this issue of AzF.

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