Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Changing Face of Arizona

I saw this from the second story looking out the back of my house the other morning. I thought it captured the changes this part of Arizona is going through. Our house was built on farmland, much like what you see in the picture trapped between our subdivision and the new shopping center in the background. Can't complain, though. We were part of the madding horde that left California for the better life of Arizona. Cheaper housing, anyway.


  1. Yep, we moved to Spring Hill, TN years ago, when it was all farms and few subdivisions. Now we're the 14th fastest growing city in the nation.


  2. I was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and they are going through a similar situation. But, similar or not, what's going on in the Phoenix valley area keeps building. Where we live was Orange Groves back when we first moved here in the 70's. My mom lived in this area back when we were in HS and my friends all thought I'd moved to the boonies. Now it is considered Central Phoenix! Your end of the valley is just blossoming like crazy. The 5 C's of AZ that we teach our kids in school are disappearing. The copper mines are running out, the citrus groves and cotton fields are gone, the cattle farms are closing up. The only C of AZ left in good shape is the climate:-) And we're finally getting to the reason we can enjoy AZ--the weather. Okay, teacher has been shoved back in her closet again. Great pic, Jen. Won't be long until the site won't look like that any more.

  3. It's amazing how much it's changed in the short time we've been here. I guess with nearly 1,000 people a month moving in, that's to be expected. But now that we're moving into nicer weather, I'm going to have to go out and take pictures of the cotton fields, silos, etc. before it all disappears. If I take any good ones I'll post them.

    Thanks for the lesson on the 5 Cs, Jenny. I didn't know that. Of course I didn't go to school here. Now, ask me about California history...