I moved to Phoenix in the summer of ’79.  I had left behind Cleveland, Ohio, a town that I loved.  Initially, I believed that I hated Arizona.   Eventually, I had the opportunity to live in Tucson and Nogales, among other places.  I came to realize that I loved Arizona.  I just hated Phoenix.

Work brought me back to the Valley of the Sun.  My view of Phoenix has become more nuanced.  There is actually quite a bit that I love about this town, although there is still plenty to hate.  This blog is devoted to ruminating on the highs and lows of living here.


When I refer to Phoenix, I am referring to metropolitan Phoenix, not the city of Phoenix.  I actually don’t live in the city of Phoenix, and never have.  I live in Tempe.  But, Tempe, Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa — these are just pieces of a much larger whole.  None of these communities lives in isolation from the others.

Nowadays, it is difficult to determine the boundaries of metro Phoenix.  I know several people who work in Phoenix, but live in Casa Grande.  Is Casa Grande a part of Phoenix?  Almost, but I would have to say ‘no’ because there is still some undeveloped space between here and there.  Same with Buckeye.  At some point in the (near) future, these towns might be the latest additions to the urban sprawl known as greater Phoenix.  Let’s hope that people come to their senses before then.

There are signs that this is happening.  When I moved moved here twenty-nine years ago there were still quite a few farms within the city boundaries of Phoenix.  No longer.  There has been a rush to develop the recently rural areas south of Broadway Road between 48th St. and the avenues.  Gas prices are climbing higher and higher.  Maybe the outward growth will grind to a halt, and we’ll look at the mess we’ve created by trying to live away from each other, and start to think about how to live well with each other.


2 Responses

  1. Hello Ted:

    I knew you and Tom in high school! Just wondering how you both are doing and if Tom would be interested in corresponding via email. I’m in the Chicago area with 2 sons, ages 13 and 6.

    Hope all is well for you and your families.

    Best Regards,

    Tanya Mallon (King)

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