Arizona

April 7, 2015, 10am PDT
The Arizona Daily Sun details the curious case of subdivision development, private utilities, and skyrocketing utility rates that linger as an effect of the last development cycle of boom and bust.
Arizona Daily Sun
April 6, 2015, 9am PDT
The legislature passed a bill on April 2 that bans local governments from banning single-use plastic bags as well as other disposable containers under the premise that it's bad for the state economy, though only one city in the state has such a law.
The New York Times
March 16, 2015, 8am PDT
An op-ed in the New York Times provides a firsthand account of the growing concern over water in a state that has yet to set limits on its explosive growth.
New York Times
March 3, 2015, 5am PST
The Brookings Institution has been using new media formats to illustrate the striking demographic changes sweeping the country.
Brookings
February 9, 2015, 11am PST
Phoenix's transit tax, Transit 2000, will expire in 2020. City leaders have prepared a 30-year plan for transportation to sell the idea of a renewed sales tax. Now taxpayers will have to decide if it’s the right kind of list for the city's future.
The Arizona Republic
February 1, 2015, 1pm PST
Mark Byrnes breaks down the math on this year's Super Bowl and finds the host city of Glendale, Arizona getting shortchanged.
CityLab
December 19, 2014, 1pm PST
National Geographic details the effects of the "Minute 319" agreement that will return water to the Colorado River Delta.
National Geographic
December 11, 2014, 2pm PST
The Economist has published a pair of feature articles examining the growth of suburbs around the world in the hopes of avoiding the mistakes of the West.
The Economist
December 5, 2014, 11am PST
In an area more known for retirement communities and fixed incomes—Phoenix's Easy Valley—corridor of high tech companies has emerged along the Loop 101.
Phoenix Business Journal
November 29, 2014, 7am PST
Jonathan Waterman describes a kayaking trip into Lake Powell—the "reservoir formed by the confluence of the San Juan and the Colorado Rivers and the holding power of Glen Canyon Dam" above the Grand Canyon.
National Geographic
October 10, 2014, 11am PDT
Early reviews and returns on Tucson's Modern Streetcar appear positive, according to an article for Arizona Public Media.
Arizona Public Radio
August 15, 2014, 1pm PDT
Hot on the heals of studies about residents ditching their cars and a new complete streets ordinance, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is setting lofty goals for new transit capacity.
AZ Central
July 26, 2014, 9am PDT
$87.7 million in voter-approved funding, a $63 million TIGER grant, a $6 million New Starts grant, and $35.6 million in other regional and local funding built the Sun Link streetcar. A whole weekend of festivities will welcome its opening.
Tucson Sentinel
July 25, 2014, 9am PDT
A new report finds that residents of Arizona are driving less—much, much less. Arizonans drive less that they did in the 1990s, in fact. Despite these trends, the state government has not adjusted its traffic forecasting models.
Streetsblog USA
July 23, 2014, 9am PDT
A study investigates the effect of air conditioning systems on air temperature and electricity demand. The study's findings: the release of waste heat (via AC systems) exacerbates the nocturnal urban heat island, thus increasing cooling demands.
Treehugger
July 8, 2014, 10am PDT
Two projects proposed for the South Rim plateau of the Grand Canyon have raised alarms at the National Park Service, who see a serious threat from impacts to the views, water supply, and ecology of the canyon.
Los Angeles Times
July 6, 2014, 1pm PDT
Phoenix's new complete streets ordinance, approved on an 8-1 vote, is a first step toward changing the city's reputation for car-centric planning.
AZ Central
June 5, 2014, 10am PDT
A recent article by Sommer Mathis fills a void in supportive arguments for alternative forms of transportation: giving people more and better options not to drive, especially while drunk, is a massive public safety issue.
CityLab
May 16, 2014, 9am PDT
On the flip-side of the polar vortex in the climate news department, drought conditions are worsening across the country. In much of the West, the drought means water supply challenges and a growing threat of fire.
Vox
May 12, 2014, 1pm PDT
In recovery mode following the most recent housing crisis—two Phoenix-area master-planned communities are continuing to grow.
AZ Central