KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd http://nwpr.org en Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future http://nwpr.org/post/scorching-phoenix-plans-even-hotter-future It's been a record hot summer in many cities across the nation. Phoenix is no exception. This Sonoran Desert metropolis already records more days over 100 degrees than any other major U.S. city. Now, climate models predict Phoenix will soon get even hotter.<p>A hotter future may mean a more volatile environment — and along with it, natural disasters, greater pressure on infrastructure, and an increased physical toll on city residents.<p>While some city planners around the country discuss ways to mitigate climate change, planners in Phoenix assume that change is already under way. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:19:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 13433 at http://nwpr.org Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future U.S. Border States Have Stake In Mexico's Presidential election http://nwpr.org/post/us-border-states-have-stake-mexicos-presidential-election Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In southern Texas and in Arizona, people are paying a lot of attention to the presidential election - Mexico's presidential election. From member station KJZZ, Peter O'Dowd explains why millions of Americans are awaiting July 1st, Mexico's election day.<p>PETER O'DOWD, BYLINE: Stand on the edge of this unfinished railroad bridge outside of Brownsville, Texas, and you can see across the Rio Grande into Mexico. It's the first bridge of its kind to connect the countries in a century. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:58:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 10238 at http://nwpr.org Obama Campaign Sees Shift In Arizona Politics http://nwpr.org/post/obama-campaign-sees-shift-arizona-politics President Obama visits Phoenix Wednesday as part of a five-state campaign tour. The campaign thinks it can win Arizona, and that's an unlikely ambition for this conservative state. But Obama might have a chance. Unlikely upsets have dominated Arizona politics lately. The electorate is in flux. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 1964 at http://nwpr.org 'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions? http://nwpr.org/post/smart-decline-lifeline-zombie-subdivisions On the western edge of Phoenix, it's easy to find vast tracts of empty land once prepped for two-by-fours and work crews. Utility stanchions emerge like errant whiskers from the desert floor.<p>This is the land of zombie subdivisions. Some experts believe up to 1 million dirt lots in central Arizona were in some stage of approval for new homes when the market crashed.<p>"It's tragic," says Realtor Greg Swann. "It's heartbreaking."<p>Urban planners are floating a radical solution for areas like this. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 05:01:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 303 at http://nwpr.org 'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions?