Phoenix exurb developments “worst in the U.S.”

The article, Urban Planning Done Wrong, in the October issue of Dwell magazine calls the exurb developments of Phoenix the “worst in the U.S.”

“Developer-driven exurbs such as Anthem and Verrado surrounding Phoenix, Arizona, are prime examples of the unchecked low-density sprawl that urban planners around the globe are desperately trying to abandon.  These developments are located some 30 miles from the city center, where a majority of jobs are located, and they are usually connected by only one major freeway.  Residents thus depend on a long, narrow lifeline to meet their basic needs or fulfill simple tasks.  Virginia Tech associate professor Robert Lang believes that in an uncertain future, these types of residential areas are the greatest disadvantage for long-term livability.”

Regarding said “distinction,” website unrefinery.com opines, “We hesitate to even call Phoenix a city; the decentralized home turf of Allied Waste would be best described as a 400-square-mile monument to sprawl, water waste, traffic bottlenecks, and crystal meth.  Urban planning sometimes seems esoteric, but Phoenix offers a real-world reminder of why we need it.”

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