Development pathways at the agriculture–urban interface: the case of Central Arizona
Particular visions of urban development are often codified in multi-year resource management policies. These policies, and the negotiations leading to them, are based in specific problem frames and narratives with long legacies. As conditions change and knowledge improves, there is often a need to revisit how problems, opportunities, and development pathways were defined historically, and to consider the viability of alternative pathways for development. In this article, we examine the case of agriculture near Metropolitan Phoenix, in the Central Arizona region, to highlight how frames and narratives embedded in policy can reinforce particular development pathways, even as information, conditions, and values evolve. Using expert interviews and secondary data, we document alternative frames and narratives that may offer different pathways for development and sustainability in the region. By highlighting alternative narratives, we demonstrate the uncertainties and limitations associated with all narratives about development pathways, and explore the possibilities that narrative shifts can alter future outcomes.
KeywordsAgriculture–urban interface Local agriculture Pathways Frames and narratives Arizona
Arizona Department of Water Resources
Active Management Areas
Best Available Retrofit Technology
Central Arizona Project
Environmental Protection Agency
Groundwater Management Act of 1980
Navajo Generating Station
United States Department of Agriculture
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