Tucson vs Phoenix

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April 25th 2002
Published: October 1st 2017
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I flew into Tucson via Phoenix .. and the contrast was amazing. Phoenix is a huge block of green, which ends abruptly at the city's edge ... green golf courses, green lawns, greenways along the major streets. I'm sure it's very pleasant, but, knowing that this is a desert, and what a desert!, made it very frustrating to see limited resources squandered in such a fashion.

Then I flew into Tucson -- brown, yes, but so textured: cacti and rocks and mountains -- allowing the desert to flourish, to be the desert. Even the golf courses seemed to embrace the desert surroundings, rather than forcing them to look like Florida. Tucson should be a model, but you know that Phoenix would never turn to their smaller, more Southerly neighbor for advice.


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