Our Urban Future?

Special for the Arizona Republic Viewpoints

By Rob Melnick, Executive Dean,
Global Institute of Sustainability and Presidential Professor of Practice,
School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Strolling down one of our world-famous canal banks in 2025, it’s hard to imagine that a renaissance of greater Phoenix was launched in 2009 during the nation’s economic meltdown. With the financial and real estate industries in tatters and major infrastructure in decline, Valley leaders nevertheless joined forces and seized the opportunity to implement bold, yet practical new ideas for creating a truly sustainable urban place. Continue reading