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Phoenix is officially the fifth largest city in America, but in fact, it's simply a massive expanse of concrete and tract housing. Phoenix is different from typical cities such as New York or Chicago in that it is entirely devoid of culture or night life. Many of its inhabitants resort to drug use (i.e. meth or prescription drugs) and conspicuous consumption to fill their empty lives.

The design of the metropolitan area, or lack there of, has allowed the area to sprawl outward in each direction for about 120 miles in each direction. Commercial and residential developments are massive and kept separate from each other, making it possible for the nearest post office, gas station, or grocery store to be several miles away and your house. Experienced drivers from real cities, will find Phoenix traffic unbearable as most native Phoenix residents have very poor driving skills with a particular affinity for speeding and tail-gating. Residents of new developments must wait years before traffic lights and additional lanes are installed on nearby major roads. Despite the multiple car pile ups that occur in Phoenix daily, the city still allows drivers to talk on their cell phone while driving.

The fast pace of growth has resulted in several social problems. New tract housing developments usually build there own elementary, junior, and even high schools. Consequently, there are an abundance of little independent school districts that receive little over-sight from the city and the means to properly educate students. The lack of social interaction between residents due to sprawl has led to an epidemic of meth addiction. Sprawl has also restricted police to patrol cars only. The police focus their attention on providing speeding tickets in areas with artificially low speed limits. Violent crime and particularly car theft are common.

The weather is very mild during the winter with warm days and cool nights. But it is extremely hot during the rest of the seasons, forcing everyone to live in air conditioning 24 hours a day for eight months of the year.

Phoenix can be divided into roughly four parts: the North, West, South and Downtown. The Northern part of Phoenix is comprised of the historically nouveau riche enclaves of Paradise Valley and part of Scottsdale which is actually designated as a city itself. The people from these areas like to flaunt their wealth but are in fact heavily in debt,; foreclosures and repossessions are not uncommon here. The Western and Southern parts of Phoenix are comprised of older tract housing...and pretty much nothing else. There is more foot traffic and higher commercial density in Tempe (Southern Phoenix) due to the presence of ASU's campus and the airport. However, the cultural activities and amenities in the area will never be mistaken for anything in a real city. For the most part, bars, fast food chains, and tattoo parlors mix in with older tract housing developments in the area. The downtown of Phoenix is absolutely dead. There are about 40 high-rise buildings that house government offices. These buildings are lit at night to lend a night-scape for the surrounding area during the evening despite the fact that no one is inside them.
Phoenix is a vast expanse of concrete and tract housing.
It you're from the North East, Miami, Chicago, or another real city and enjoy culture then don't move to Phoenix.
by bigd45 December 23, 2007
 
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Phoenix, the capital city of Arizona, is comprised of about 10 major suburbs and is known as 'The Valley'. Even though a resident might be from Gilbert or Scotsdale or Glendale, he or she will still refer to him or herself as being from Phoenix. The whole city is on a grid system, and there are several converging inter- and intra-state freeways and highways.

There is a short period of mild weather from December to March, but 100-120 degree weather rules the rest of the months. In August/September there is a limited period of a few weeks called 'Monsoon Season' where it rains for several hours.

Phoenix is home to the biggest party school in the nation, Arizona State College. A beautiful campus set in the middle of downtown Tempe, it is in the middle of several points of attraction, including the newest baseball stadium, Bank One Ballpark - also known as BOB. ASU is a growing college of about 50,000 students, most of which are as hot as the weather.

Despite being a major, metropolitan city, Phoenix is distinctly dull and soul-less. It has no major theatre companies or enriching artistic outlets. It's at best a glorified rest stop for folks on their way to California. It's a web of suburbs comprised of 'pink houses' - developments that rely on the same four or five architectural structures to create identical houses with pink or salmon colored roofs. Like most of the manufactured homes, the people are fake - as in silicon implants and liposuction.

Phoenix also has the rare pleasure to host a large population of what natives call 'Snow Birds'. Snow Birds are a flock of elderly couples and singles that come into The Valley during the three or four months of mild weather and stay in their homes in Sun City and Sun City West until summer begins and they travel again to the norther, cooler climates. They drive very slowly, clog up the freeways, and generally annoy the public.
I've never been hotter than the three days I spent in Phoenix.
by Blythe Feiring February 24, 2006
 
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A elite coder with expert Knowledge of the C++ Programming Language
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by RIDETHEPHEONIX February 06, 2009
 
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A bowel movement so pleasing and ass shredding that the now water-encapsulated fecal unit(s) could easily support having a phoenix rise from its dookie ashes. The depositor of said BM would not be disappointed if he/she died right then.
I just peeled the paint and was seein' stars - it was total phoenix.
by Tookie Fruz September 14, 2006
 
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Phoenix the nations 5th largest city and the fastest growing major city in America. Central Phoenix is home to the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Sky Harbor airport is one of the busiest in the nation. The area also includes lower class whites,sometimes involved with Meth. These areas are parts of Mesa,Apache Junction,Cave Creek and Sunnslope. The southside and westside of Phoenix are predominantly Hispanic and black areas. Tempe best known for its party atmosphere and overspoiled ASU students. Glendale is home to the new Arizona Cardinal Stadium and Glendale arena. Scottsdale is one of the upper-class areas located northeast of Phoenix-whites only enclave.
1. By the time I get to Phoenix.
2. Phoenix great place eight months of the year.
3. Phoenix too many people movin in.
by zendar August 03, 2006
 
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A sorry excuse for a city. Sorry but it is. Those who move here from great cities like Chicago, New York, San Francisco, what have you deserve what they (usually) have coming. Why do people think we have such great weather? Is 110 degrees great weather? People here will tell you that its a dry heat or something stupid like that but feel free to dismiss that completely. 110 degrees is 110 degrees. Period. If you want great weather then move to Southern California or if that's too expensive then go to Florida or Hawaii or somewhere in the Carribean. The kids at Arizona State University in nearby Tempe aren't too smart. It's like they're in High School again. They brag constantly about being a party school and it gets quite annoying after awhile.
Phoenix should not be mistaken for a real city.
by anonymous1232214 June 12, 2008
 
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The Cap. of Arizona. Also I from Phoenix and I dislike that people dis us. These are the reasons why people should think differently:

1. Unlike other major cities in The U.S.A. we have not been around as long so this is why we have not built up a soulness to say such as other cities that have been around for over 100+.

2. Scottdale is not the only nice place. Glendale has a lot a really nice areas.

3. We can't help the fact that we have many illegals what are we going to due just pick up the state and more it so we are not next to it. Furthermore why does California not get talked about for all of its illegals.

4. We can't help that we don't have a port. I am sorry that we are land-locked and yes we did that just to make you mad.

5. Now if Phoenix as many people moving here then who is to blame about the driving. Let me think the people moving her more than likely becuase they out number native born.

6. I can't help Sun City and the Snow Birds. Maybe people who make fun of them now will become them when they are old to get from the cold.

7. Ya, we have bad public schools but that is why there are private schools. People look up Xavier College Prep and Brophy College Prep. They are some of the best in the USA.

8. I'm sick of people from the Midwest thinking that this place is great. Then moving back to the cold becuase they did not like this place and deciding to just bad mouthing it to get over it. Why don't you think about is wrong with were you live.

9. Get it though your head that it hot here not '70-80 8 months out of the year. That is a good one.

10. If it is hot and so sunny then there would be a good chance of getting skin cancer but then again that is just common sense to me. Why aren't people sayin that about California is it is sunny there.

11. since we are not a old city we have not develop a mass-transit system just over time like older cities.

12. People who say there is not culture are wrong you have to really live here to get to it.

13. We have our slums be every city does so get over it.

14. ASU does party but other school are coming to learn how to run there Recreation Major just like ASU.
Stop bad mouthing Phoenix we you don't know what you are talking about.
by Libby Moran January 03, 2008
 
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One of the largest cities in America. The weather is sunny and 70-80 degrees 8 months out of the year despite what some ignorant fool might have told you. The Summer is hot but it's better than cloudy and freezing winters. The Phoenix area continues to be the fastest growing area in the country and is quickly becoming the sports mecca of the US hosting the 2008 SuperBowl, NCAA BCS championship, FBR open, Barrett Jackson, MLB spring training, home of the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Coyotes, 2001 World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. Phoenix has everything from extremely poor ghettos west along the I-10 corridor and south stretching all the way to Manzanita Speedway, to some of the most upscale areas in the country in far north Scottsdale. Downtown Phoenix is bustling with construction of new hi-rises and a new light rail system. Phoenix has some downsides like every other city but overall it's a really cool place to live.
Most people don't understand why so many people want to live in the desert then end up moving out here after visiting.

Phoenix AZ PHX
by Mike0070 May 07, 2007