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From Desert City to Suburban Metropolis: Urban Growth and Environmentalism in Phoenix, 1945-1980

Abstract Postwar suburban sprawl resulted in environmental consequences that engendered backlash from those concerned about the quality life in the places they lived, played, and worked. Few cities grew as rapidly as Phoenix and therefore the city offers an important case study to evaluate the success and limits of environmentalism in shaping urban growth in the postwar period.

Using three episodes looking at sanitation and public health, open space preservation, and urban transportation, I argue three factors played a critical role in determining the extent to which environmental values were incorporated into Phoenix's urban growth policy. First, the degree to which environmental values influenced urban policy depends on the degree to which t... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Di Taranto, Nicholas (Author) / Hirt, Paul (Advisor) / VanderMeer, Philip (Committee member) / Smith, Karen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Environmental studies / Camelback / Environment / Papago / Phoenix / Policy / Urban
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 182 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Masters Thesis History 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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