Publication Date: May 2008
Publisher: Morrison Institute for Public Policy
Author(s): Grady Jr. Gammage; Nancy Welch; Rob Melnick; Robert Lang; John Stuart Hall
Research Area: Economics; Environment; Population and demographics
Keywords: regional planning; Megapolitan; urban growth; demographics
Megapolitan: Arizona's Sun Corridor examines Arizona's Sun Corridor as one of 20 'megapolitan' areas in the U.S. and offers a bold new picture of Arizona's geography and its future opportunities and 'megaton' challenges.
Arizonans have predicted for 50 years that Phoenix and Tucson would grow together into a giant desert conglomerate. That possibility has been seen as exciting, intriguing, and distressing. While a solid city along Interstate 10 is unlikely given the diverse land ownership in central and southern Arizona, the two metro economies are already merging.
Megapolitan: Arizona's Sun Corridor, one of the first reports on a single megapolitan area, recognizes a more sophisticated technique for analyzing urban growth--that shared economic and quality of life interests are more important than physically growing together.
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