When you’re visiting or living in Phoenix, you’re essentially trying to tame the desert temporarily. You get enough water, sunscreen and air conditioning, and you feel safe and comfortable—but subconsciously somewhere, you might wonder: ‘How long will this last? When will the water finally just end?’
Maybe Phoenix will exist forever, or maybe it’ll turn into a massive ghost city one day. Either way, it’s a curious place.
1. The dry heat
- you can practically see it from the airplane window.
2. The color beige
- as if a large Western city could hide itself within a desert, merely by using neutral color schemes.
3. Luxurious retirement communities
- with golf carts instead of cars and dogs instead of children.
4. The vast emptiness that surrounds the city
- Phoenix appears out of a literal nowhere.
5. Palm trees
- without the ocean.
6. Desert boneyards with no explanation
- leading you to believe that all unsolved mysteries somehow trace back to a desert.
7. Upscale resorts with obscene levels of water consumption
- it’s a bit ridiculous.
- no matter how small, you will try to stand underneath them.
9. Blue-windowed buildings
- oh wait, that’s just the sky.
10. The overlord sun.
11. The empty summer streets
- when all the winter Phoenicians [i.e. snow birds] flee back to Minnesota & Wisconsin.
12. The famous saguaro
- you’re not allowed to chop them down. The city ‘just’ transplants them.
13. The fabulous sunsets…
14. And the merciful night.