To briefly summarize, this documentary is about the urban growth and change that has occurred in the Phoenix area of Arizona.
Over the last few decades, Phoenix has expanded from a small desert town into the sixth-largest city in the nation. Through the perspective of Phoenix residents, the documentary shows the interrelationships both caused by and affecting individual decisions, the democratic process, and market outcomes in the area. Many issues contribute to this development pattern, which is providing homes and jobs to many new residents each year but is also negatively affecting the region’s desert environment.This film informs us about the conflict between growth, economic development and quality of life in downtown areas, local neighborhoods and surrounding regions. Despite Phoenix currently being the central city in the Southwest and going through incredible growth, it is also a place in conflict. As mentioned in the documentary that development in Phoenix was revealed as a central contradiction to the American dream, where we do not necessarily receive what we want as a community when we pursue what we desire as human beings. As the documentary has implied, Phoenix is not your typical desert city.
It has an arid laboratory where things happen fast and on a large scale. It is now a metropolis composed of 25 separate, expanding cities – a place where it can take more than two hours to drive from one end to the other. Driven by money, land, jobs, and desire, Phoenix is a central “growth machine.” According to the film, the city is larger than Paris, Rome, San Francisco, and Manhattan combined, and it is still growing.
Planners predict over the next few years, the population will increase by another million. Building on the pristine desert, developers have established an alternative for homebuyers. According to extensive market research, new communities were pre-engineered, achieving the buyer’s desire to live with convenience, recreation, and affordability. This would as a result, create a sense of place by defining it as resort-style desert living.
Today’s Phoenix is the result of a long string of environmental engineering feats that, over the years, has redefined desert life in human terms. It’s all predicated on one thing.Unfortunately, Phoenix has a shortage of water in its city. So it receives what it the necessary amount from the Colorado River. Approximately one-eighth of the water that travels down the Colorado River ends up in Phoenix. The expense of this process is federally and state subsidized, which makes water rates among the lowest in the country.
Air quality is decreasing, water is becoming scarcer, and commute duration is becoming more lengthy in time.