Z?calo Public Square Jan. 26 - Is Phoenix the Next L.A.?

KJZZ ENews: Is Phoenix the next L.A.?  A community conversation presented by Zócalo Public Square and KJZZ 91.5


Moderated by Aaron Brown, Former CNN Anchor

Los Angeles has always been America's biggest urban enigma—part miracle and part dystopia. Is Phoenix, for better and for worse, on the same path?

KJZZ and Zócalo Public Square invite you to join the conversation on Thursday, Jan. 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

The discussion will include architect and urban designer Wellington Reiter, ASU's Desert Initiative director Greg Esser, Phoenix Symphony music director Michael Christie and dean of ASU College of Public Programs Jonathan Koppell.

Greater Phoenix, as it grows, has come to resemble Southern California in how it was created (by irrigation and mass population influx) and in its problems (water, pollution, traffic, development). Phoenix, like L.A., has been devastated by the housing crisis and plagued by wealth disparities. Like L.A. 50 years ago, it is also a city of possibility and potential: a place where people aren't born but rather arrive in—and where anyone can become someone.

Should Phoenix fear becoming more like Los Angeles or should it embrace such a destiny? Will it be a dynamic, global city rich in art and innovation—or continually branded by its crime, traffic and cultural confusion? What can Phoenix learn from L.A.—both as example and as cautionary tale?


Is Phoenix the Next L.A.?
Thursday, Jan. 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E 2nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ

Open to the public—reservations recommended

Free parking is available in the garage located to the west of the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts and at the Old Town Parking Corrale at East Second Street and Brown Avenue.

KJZZ 91.5 is serving as a media partner for this Zócalo/Arizona State University Event.  For more information on Zócalo, please visit www.zocalopublicsquare.org.