In the Valley of the Sun in the early part of the 21st century cranes imply progress. ASU, Tempe and Scottsdale have all taken great pride in their construction crane counters. Tempe and ASU were in the lead, but now Scottsdale is experiencing a crane explosion.
From what I read, the cranes of the Valley of the Sun are not "build it and they will come" but rather "build it because they are coming now." But beware, many of the businesses and residents who will be filling these buildings can afford it today, but will they be able to afford it tomorrow?
I remember roadtripping around Silicon Valley during the summer of 2003--it was not pretty unless you like seeing empty buildings surrounded by empty parking lots. At least traffic wasn't a problem.
I don't know why Valley of the Sun needs cranes to prosper, but it does. The only think I can think of is that today's leaders are stuck in the 20th century and they lack innovation skills. I hope those responsible for the cranes are giving some thought to sustainability.
To Be Completed: Pictures
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 29 December 2005