Thoughts on #PHXUDW day 3

…in which the Grady Gammage Jr/Andrew Ross debate for Phoenix Urban Design Week is reviewed.

Great conversation tonight at day 3 of Phoenix Urban Design Week.

I, and many, expected the conversation between Andrew Ross and Grady Gammage Jr. to be more spirited than it was but was pleased with the content of the conversation. I appreciate that Andrew Ross has really tackled the social justice/social equity piece and made that as much of an issue of sustainability than just “going green” — something with which I agree wholeheartedly. It was interesting how most of the evening was spent talking about water, with nary a mention of transportation and air quality.

Surprisingly, the best line of the night came from Grady Gammage Jr., who said, “You can’t have a city if you have a parking spot for everything.” I absolutely agree. Parking lots are the enemy of density.

Back at it at 8am tomorrow morning at PURL!

5 thoughts on “Thoughts on #PHXUDW day 3”

  1. I agree with Gammage’s statement 100%, and I’m not at all surprised that he delivered the best line. I don’t agree with him on everything, especially the CityNorth debacle, but he has been supportive of transit and urban vitality throughout his career. I also find his tone far more palatable than his opponent’s. If you can track down a copy, I suggest reading his “Phoenix in Perspective” book sometime. It’s hard to find and somewhat out of date, but still quite interesting.

  2. I agree with Gammage’s statement 100%, and I’m not at all surprised that he delivered the best line. I don’t agree with him on everything, especially the CityNorth debacle, but he has been supportive of transit and urban vitality throughout his career. I also find his tone far more palatable than his opponent’s. If you can track down a copy, I suggest reading his “Phoenix in Perspective” book sometime. It’s hard to find and somewhat out of date, but still quite interesting.

  3. I agree with Gammage’s statement 100%, and I’m not at all surprised that he delivered the best line. I don’t agree with him on everything, especially the CityNorth debacle, but he has been supportive of transit and urban vitality throughout his career. I also find his tone far more palatable than his opponent’s. If you can track down a copy, I suggest reading his “Phoenix in Perspective” book sometime. It’s hard to find and somewhat out of date, but still quite interesting.

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