On Phoenix…

I was talking with a friend of mine who has recently moved to Phoenix after having lived in several large cities in the country. We were comparing her experience moving to Phoenix as opposed to her impressions of Boston, San Francisco, New York, etc. Of course, she noticed that the older, more established cities have distinct personalities… many works set in New York seem to have the city as almost a character in and of themselves.

Phoenix, the city, hasn’t been around long enough to develop that type of character on its own, in my opinion. That isn’t to say that the area doesn’t have its own character. I’ve felt like the environment itself is what defines so much of this place…

On first glance, there doesn’t seem to be that much here — we’re in the middle of the desert where its sunny over 300 days of the year. Once you take a closer look, though, you get to see so much more… from the beauty of the sunsets to the grandeur of giant storm clouds, the power and drama of the monsoon thunderstorms… when the seeming benevolence of 8 months of warm sunshine turn into withering heat.

A lot of people think of the desert as a barren place, but the magic of it is that it has long been a place full of life if only you take a closer look. Maybe that’s not the same as New York’s bravado, Hollywood’s glitz or Chicago’s grit. And yet, while I would like to see Phoenix grow up and mature a bit, I wouldn’t ever want to lose that magic.

1 Comment so far

  1. Karin (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 8:20 am

    Beautiful post. There’s a reason we live here. There’s a reason people keep moving here.

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