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  1. General Tucson Thread

    Opinion: 'Smart growth' should come to Pima County Arizona Daily Star December 9, 2007
  2. Metro Phoenix Development thread

    Tempe's first Centerpoint tower is shaping up nicely. How long will it be before Tempe has a more distinguished skyline than Phoenix? The view from Tempe Town Lake is already starting to become impressive.
  3. Arizona off-topic

    Mesa is going through an identity crisis. It's still clinging to its desire to remain a small town, like the large dog that still wants to sleep on your bed like it did as a puppy. I'm sorry, but there's no way to uncook the egg. People need to realize that. Edit: not you people, I meant the citizens of Mesa need to realize that.
  4. Metro Phoenix Development thread

    Phoenix has a fairly distinguished skyline, if you include Camelback Mountain as part of it.
  5. General Tucson Thread

    I just don't want to see Tucson growing uncontrolled until it's another suburb of Phoenix.
  6. General Tucson Thread

    What we can learn from Portland To summarize, Pima County hit the 1 million population mark last November and can accomodate another million, but the question is whether to keep that second million from coming or prepare for it. Portland, Oregon is the model city for Smart Growth. Unfortunately, the same kind of planning takes a lot of work, time, money, and cooperation. And a leader.
  7. Metro Phoenix Development thread

    Apartment towers on track downtown The article talks about an apartment complex called The Jet, with 675 apartments in "36- and 23-story towers on Second Avenue between Fillmore and Van Buren streets":
  8. General Tucson Thread

    Sorry, I was excited to find that article. Except for Civano, the same arguments in the article could be said about Phoenix or any of its suburbs. The closest thing Phoenix has to Civano that I know of is Agritopia in Gilbert, but the homes don't incorporate either active or passive solar in their design.
  9. General Tucson Thread

    Found an interesting article this morning: Out-of-state experts ride bus to size up Tucson
  10. Metro Phoenix Development thread

    Retail building boom in E.V.
  11. Arizona off-topic

  12. Japan is neat.

    The characters in "Lost in Translation" were rich foreign celebrities, so the movie doesn't accurately reflect how more ordinary people might experience Japan. I can't think of a movie that really does. Not that it would be boring. Tokyo is an exciting place, especially if you know someone who could show you around.
  13. Proposed Light Rail Systems

    The Greater Phoenix area is currently building a light rail system called Valley Metro Rail. It's scheduled to go into operation in December, 2008.