JOHN STUART HALL
From the ashes of the past shall arise a new civilization. The Phoenix bird of ancient mythology means resurrection and I suggest this new settlement be named Phoenix.
-- Darrell Duppa, credited with naming Phoenix in 1881.
BY ANY STANDARDS Phoenix is one of America's newest cities. More than 80 percent of its current housing stock has been constructed since 1950 to accommodate a dramatic increase in population from about 107,000 in 1950 to 669,000 in 1975. This growth has paralleled the city's phenomenal areal expansion from 17.1 square miles to 276 square miles.1 More than $100 million of commercial home loan activity took place in the city in 1976, and local contractors complained of inadequate material and supplies to meet the current housing demand.2 The city's spectacular growth accounts for the tendency of local realtors and prospective home buyers to categorize houses as "new-used" and "old-used." All are becoming harder to acquire. In more than one case entire housing subdivisions have been sold before the first unit was constructed.
There is substantial room for growth within city limits and good reason to expect continued economic development. The city's population density of 2,423 per square mile in 1975 was low compared not only with such per-square-mile extremes as Manhattan (67,808) and Philadelphia (15,164), but also with the most well-known example of urban____________________