Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Population Explosion

I recently saw an article on Arizona trivia that included a surprising fact: the population of Arizona increased 40 percent between 1990 and 2000. I guess I should not be surprised as all those people were on the same road I was yesterday. Others have been lured by the same things that attracted us -- twice -- great weather, scenic views, affordable housing, multiple ways to get places, huge grocery stores... These new people have created the demand for lots of restaurants, coffee everywhere, and farmer's markets. But they have also brought traffic, smog, allergy-causing trees and grass, destruction of the wonderful, unique desert landscape...
Trade-offs....the price of progress.