Posts Tagged ‘Local First Arizona’
BY KIMBER LANNING
The Metro Phoenix area continues to expand, causing more mileage on cars, more infrastructure for utilities, and more housing developments to be built year after year.
Studies show that car-dependent cities have been hit hardest by the current economic crisis. Home values, in particular, have dropped most significantly in cities that suffer from urban sprawl. In addition, a recent Gallup Poll of college graduates showed that the next generation of educated professionals is looking for urban, not suburban, lifestyle opportunities. So where does that position Phoenix in the never-ending battle to attract large, quality companies with higher-wage jobs? Read more
I’m the Executive Director of both Local First Arizona and the Local First Arizona Foundation. Local First Arizona provides a means for people to better connect with locally owned businesses. Another Local First Arizona mission is to help people understand that we have been “buying ourselves broke.” Our society seems to have a never-ending thirst for cheap goods manufactured far, far away – which is economically and environmentally impossible to sustain and hurts local businesses. Read more