Terry and I parted company in Honolulu: He's in Phoenix now and I'm in Seattle. He will be coming up here on Friday.
My seatmate was a construction company owner who was in Honolulu who had been working on some compliance matters regarding a project. Since I'm reading Bird on Fire, the story of the worst case scenario city in the U.S. ,we had a lot to talk about. Phoenix is a great example of how not to do things.
My very personal conclusion is that the most destructive urban planners are big thinkers who believe details are for the little people. Right now I'm reading about the heavily polluted plume of groundwater under parts of Phoenix and Scottsdale. You would be crazy to drink that stuff.
A long time ago in one of my Reed College classes I studied a work which I can't remember the title of about urban planning in Paris and Barcelona. There the problem has been that they are always behind, and so by the time projects are done they are obsolete and/ or insufficient.
Phoenix is a victim of that old Wild West mentality: Use it up and move on. But that era is over. What to do about the mess left behind by the big polluters?
This is such a fascinating topic!