PHOENIX – Grady Gammage, Jr. will discuss his book The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix. Gammage said he wanted the book to “provide a positive view of the sustainability of Phoenix.”
He said he believes that there is a “misguided” view that Phoenix is less sustainable than other American cities.
“I’d like readers to get some shorthand responses to people they meet about whether Phoenix has water for the future; whether it is simply too hot to survive; whether it is choking on traffic,” Gammage said.
Gammage is an author, a part-time academic, a practicing lawyer, a sometime real estate developer, and a former elected official. In his academic role, Gammage is a Senior Fellow at ASU’s Morrison Institute, the Kyl Center for Water Policy, and a senior scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.
His work there focuses on urban growth and development, quality of life, and local economic issues. He also teaches at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at the W.P. Carey School of Business. As a lawyer, he has represented real estate projects ranging from master planned communities to sprawling subdivisions to high rise buildings. He served on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors for 12 years, and was president during a period of turbulence when the CAP was suing the Federal Government over the cost of the canal. As a real estate developer, he built an intense, urban mixed use project in the City of Tempe which won three architectural awards and has been widely acclaimed.
He said his research and reflection on the desert metropolis will empower residents to “understand, be proud of, and be able to explain their city.”
Gammage’s presentation is part of the State of Arizona Research Library’s 2019 Arizona Author Series. The event begins at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 28, at the Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History Building, 1901 W. Madison Street, Phoenix. Admission is free. The event is open to the public and will include a question and answer session with the author.
For more information, contact Arizona Collection Librarian Kori Tueller at 602-926-3723 or [email protected].
The Polly Rosenbaum building has free parking and is conveniently located near several Valley Metro bus routes. Please be advised that no food or drink is allowed in the building. For more information, contact the State of Arizona Research Library at 602-926-3870 or visit the website at (https://azsos.libcal.com/). The library also provides information on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/StateLibAZ/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/StateLibAZ). This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.