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What Will It Take To Make Phoenix A More Livable City?

When we talk about walkable, sustainable cities, Phoenix is usually not the first city to come to mind. With miles and miles of suburbs and unforgiving heat for more than half the year, it’s easy to understand why people don’t go outside here as much as in other cities.

But one man believes that cities — even cities like Phoenix — can be friendlier to pedestrians and commuters alike. Gil Peñalosa is the chair of the World Urban Parks Association, and the founder of 8 80 Cities, a Canada-based nonprofit dedicated to building cities for people to enjoy.

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