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The Devil's Gridiron
 

Desert Rat in a Concrete Jungle
 

 
A Continuing Web Diary

 

 

Downtown Phoenix, 2003

Civilization is wilder than wilderness, much as fact is stranger than fiction. We congregate in cities in fear of pestilence and in search of employment, health and prosperity. But cities breed disease, crime, and in bad times unemployment.

It wasn't until sulfa drugs were devised in the 1940's that cities were able to sustain and grow their populations without the daily arrival of new individuals. . .999 out of 1000 crimes are bred in cities . . . leaving the land for a city job creates wealth only until the first layoff, and emphasis on the current bottom line in lieu of long-term fiscal planning is no framework for stability. Once you leave the land, what do you have to fall back on?

Cities beget many other maladies, as well. You have but to drive to the store to experience a hand-full -- road rage, pollution, rudeness, price gouging, long checkout lines. And where else does land cost so much? There's no end to it. Rules laid down on top of rules like so much macaroni sizzling on a griddle, until the infusion is so intoxicating it's only palatable to a Philadelphia lawyer.

This web diary is a chronicle of survival in a city -- Phoenix, the fastest growing city in the U.S.  Located in Arizona's Valley of the Sun, which boasts perennial sunshine, low rain and humidity -- it also hosts dust, hay-fever and daytime temperatures ranging to 125o F. and above in the summer. It is the devil's gridiron, a raging asphalt and concrete jungle where you can fry an egg on the sidewalk in August, where among writhing masses of humanity life goes on, and on, and on . . .

 
L. Fox

 

 

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