KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd http://wwno.org en Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future http://wwno.org/post/scorching-phoenix-plans-even-hotter-future It's been a record hot summer in many cities across the nation. Phoenix is no exception. This Sonoran Desert metropolis already records more days over 100 degrees than any other major U.S. city. Now, climate models predict Phoenix will soon get even hotter.<p>A hotter future may mean a more volatile environment — and along with it, natural disasters, greater pressure on infrastructure, and an increased physical toll on city residents.<p>While some city planners around the country discuss ways to mitigate climate change, planners in Phoenix assume that change is already under way. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:29:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 17848 at http://wwno.org 'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions? http://wwno.org/post/smart-decline-lifeline-zombie-subdivisions On the western edge of Phoenix, it's easy to find vast tracts of empty land once prepped for two-by-fours and work crews. Utility stanchions emerge like errant whiskers from the desert floor.<p>This is the land of zombie subdivisions. Some experts believe up to 1 million dirt lots in central Arizona were in some stage of approval for new homes when the market crashed.<p>"It's tragic," says Realtor Greg Swann. "It's heartbreaking."<p>Urban planners are floating a radical solution for areas like this. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 05:01:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 906 at http://wwno.org