A one-hour documentary film about urban growth and change in and around Phoenix, Arizona. In only half a century, Phoenix has expanded from a small desert town into the sixth-largest city in the country.
Through the eyes and voices of Phoenix residents, the film explores t...he interrelationships both caused by and affecting individual choices, the democratic process, and market forces in the region. Many factors contribute to this development pattern, which is providing homes and jobs to 100,000 new residents each year but is also threatening the region's unique desert environment.
The film seeks to educate and inspire citizens to engage in a better-informed civic dialogue about social equity, diversity, economic opportunity and environmental quality. Viewers learn more about the tensions between growth, economic development and quality of life in downtown areas, local neighborhoods and surrounding regions. While Phoenix is the case study in this film, the personal stories and narrations about the forces that shape current growth patterns are applicable to many other cities and regions across the country.