Quinn Whissen | This Could Be Phoenix - Part 2
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Author: Quinn Whissen

Words like urban infill get thrown around a lot in conversations about Downtown Phoenix, and really any modern city for that matter. But what is urban infill? According to the Sustainable Cities Initiative, it's defined as: [quote style="default"]... new development that is sited on vacant or undeveloped land within an existing community, and that is enclosed by other types of development. The term 'urban infill' itself  implies that existing land is mostly built-out and what is being built is in effect 'filling in' the gaps. The term most commonly refers to building single-family homes in existing neighborhoods but may also be used to describe new development in commercial, office or mixed-use areas.[/quote] We like to think of urban infill projects as the missing puzzle pieces to a city's success. That missing puzzle piece helps to bring about more density, walkability, amenities, and healthy and lively lifestyles.

We all heard the phrase "sharing is caring" while growing up, ingrained in our heads by adults in an effort to promote positive, unselfish interaction between playmates. We love those short, catchy one liners that rhyme, don't we? But the funny thing is that our culture as a whole reflects a far different ideal: individual ownership equals success. The American Dream was built upon this idea, even. Everyone can prove their success by how much they own, be it land, a house, a car, or any other trappings of American prosperity...or so the story goes.