Houses, Shopping Centers, and the Fabric of Suburbia
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Examinations of phoenix tend to begin in the air. That is where Phoenix in Perspective starts its narrative. Works by Michael Sorkin and Alex Shoumatoff do likewise. Sorkin writes that “inky emptiness abuts the grid of lights, the desert lapping at the edges of town.” When Newsweek examined the phenomenon of the suburbs in May of 1995, it began with an aerial view of Phoenix as a way to capture the boundless sense of space. Flying into Phoenix graphically reveals a metropolis that sits as an island in the middle of an inhospitable sea of creosote, cactus, and venomous creatures.