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Old Posted Sep 21, 2006, 12:27 AM
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USA Sprawl Festival continued: Phoenix-East

Since Windows Live Local recently added some more cities to its bird's-eye view collection . . . and since I'm bored and also addicted to Windows Live Local I decided to add some more sprawl pics.

The other thread got really big and I think not everyone wanted to download everything just to see certain cities they were interested in, so I've decided to give each city its own thread for this round.

If you want to see all of the other thread, click here:
USA Sprawl Festival.

Or, click on the following links to see just individual cities in that thread:

Kansas City
Some northern Denver suburbs
Albuquerque
Seattle
Las Vegas
Dallas-Fort Worth
Some western & southern Minneapolis suburbs
Orange County, California
Philadelphia
Tucson
Orlando
Northern Virginia/DC
Cleveland
Houston
Atlanta
Indianapolis
Long Island, New York
Jacksonville
Boston

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I found Phoenix sprawl to be particularly interesting to look at, so I've dedicated not one, but four threads to it. The combination of sprawl-in-the-desert stuff and the otherwordly oasis-in-the-desert stuff was just so fascinating I got addicted! Plus the Southwestern architecture looks neat.

East Phoenix

This is mostly in Mesa, maybe some Gilbert, too. So I guess it would really be southeast Phoenix.



Yes, this is the desert we're in! The miracles of vast engineering projects!






This was damn cool looking!


Enough to make you snooze.




One of the MANY mobile home parks in Mesa. It looked like about a fifth of the land in Mesa was occupied by mobile home/manufactured housing parks!






Not mobile homes, but "manufactured housing."


I'm getting dizzy.
Older stuff seems to have straighter streets than newer stuff.


Close-up of some fairly dense stuff.


Apartment city.




It's the desert, baby!


New church and new apartments.


There's not enough parking!!! Click to enlarge.


3-car garages. And swimming pools.
Life is great!


Another mobile home park!




A little bit of everything here.


Yes, there are actually a few orange groves left.


Old stuff again. And straighter streets again.








Sprawl? Or not sprawl? At least it's a grid!




New stuff = cul-de-sacs and curved streets.

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Close-up of the bottom-center of the pic above, just in case you wanted to see what the houses looked like.


Well I guess some older stuff had cul-de-sacs too.
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2006, 1:04 AM
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Yuck, I just threw up in my mouth.

At least Midwest sprawl has plenty of greenery to mask the blandness and fuglyness. The same can't be said for the desert SW.
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If anyone wants to look at all 4 Phoenix spreads, here are links to the other ones, for your convenience:

Phoenix-South
Phoenix-North - this is the most interesting one IMO, 'cause it has lots of blend-into-the-desert stuff
Phoenix-West
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That Mall is in Mesa right???
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Yuck, I just threw up in my mouth.

At least Midwest sprawl has plenty of greenery to mask the blandness and fuglyness. The same can't be said for the desert SW.
I'm personally not against the concept of the indoor mall, but that pic looks just SICKENING.
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That mall almost looks like an airport terminal
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This is Superstition Springs mall, in east Mesa. Built only 15 years ago at the edge of the sprawl, it is now on the verge of being a dying mall. It's odd, because the big-box stores that surround the mall do massive amounts of business.




Regarding all of the Trailer parks in east Mesa, these are all full of retirees (snowbirds) who stay here during the winter.

However, these are slowly being replaced, as retirees now prefer to stay further south or west of the valley.

These parks are highly coveted by developers, and are being turned into permanent home developments. People also like to buy up 2 or 3 contiguous lots, remove the trailers, and then build homes on them. You probably won't see many of these left in 10 years. They are experiencing redevelopment patterns similar to what the orange groves in the area underwent 20 years ago.
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super sadistic. I love it!
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Those are yummy!
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Wow. Apparantly parking garage technology hasn't reached the PHX yet.
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