I live in a town just North-West of Phoenix. With the exception of a few misplaced year living in Southern California and Texas, I’ve been here most of my life. Phoenix has been around for quite a while so it’s got quite a bit of history. One of the more disappointing things I find about Phoenix is it’s lack of visual history. Meaning this:
Downtown used to have quite a bit of vintage and historic building kicking about. Buildings that had quite a range from the 60’s all the way back to the turn of the century. There was a an old hotel or apartment that had a date on the outside that said 1888. Over the years, many of these buildings have disappeared. Bulldozed and replaced with something newer and more modern. Larger buildings or complexes designed to make better use of the space and give the good people downtown something to do. Now I’m for progress just as much as the next guy, but sometimes progress can obliterate the past. And sometimes, that newer thing isn’t better than what it replaced. That appartment I was talking about, it was bulldozed 20 or so years ago. What replaced it? A beautiful parking lot. I kid you not.
Progress isn’t always progressive.