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Arcosanti - High Desert Excursion
Paolo Soleri was an artist, architect, and philosopher and the visionary behind "urban laboratory" Arcosanti. During the white flight from cities in the 70s and 80s, Soleri conjured up an alternative urban center that was community centric and environmentally accountable. Arcosanti undoubtedly falls short of its potential as the few residents need to trek to neighboring Phoenix for most needs, and profits come from tours and occasional festivals rather than daily commerce. Regardless, it was well worth the high desert roadtrip for the innovative architecture and a reminder to consider alternate human habitats.
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