[URL="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5259268"]Phoenix Grows and Grows by Ted Robbins
Morning Edition, March 13, 2006 · Everybody seems to be heading to Phoenix. But why? The heat is intolerable in summer, it has no defining cultural tradition or obvious reason for existence. But people keep coming. People are bringing with them some of the same problems -- rising costs and traffic jams -- that they came to Phoenix to escape. This is the first of a three-part series.
FYI - listened to the 1st segment this morning; two interviews in the piece reflected the debates played out on these pages - one was from a planning prof @ ASU who made the case for infill and Phoenix's need for a city core - the other was Krotkin who dismissed it all saying "people like things to be spread out."
Personally, I thought the most revealing quote was from Arizona historian Marshall Trimble, who predicted that because of Phoenix's "heat island effect" there'll will be a day soon that the temperature doesn't drop below 100.