KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd http://kbia.org en Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future http://kbia.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 21:10:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 19403 at http://kbia.org Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future 'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions? http://kbia.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 6032 at http://kbia.org 'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions? 'Smart Decline' May Cure Zombie Subdivisions http://kbia.org/post/smart-decline-may-cure-zombie-subdivisions The suburban Southwest is awash with empty lots and zombie subdivisions — developments that have been abandoned by builders. Experts believe up to a million dirt lots in central Arizona were in some stage of approval for new homes when the housing market crashed. Urban planners say to fix the zombie problem, the state must realize the that people are leaving the suburbs and should consider "smart decline." Peter O'Dowd of member station KJZZ explains. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 5751 at http://kbia.org Troubled First Solar, Inc. To Announce Earnings http://kbia.org/post/troubled-first-solar-co-announce-earnings Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>First Solar, viewed as the golden child of the solar industry, hold its quarterly call today with nervous investors. They're on edge because the Arizona-based company announced a CEO shake-up late last month and have said almost nothing publically since then. From member station KJZZ in Phoenix, Peter O'Dowd reports.<p>PETER O'DOWD, BYLINE: 2011 and the solar industry just don't get along. There was a bankruptcy at Solyndra, political fallout over government loan guarantees, and now the quasi-mysterious firing of First Solar CEO Robert Gillette. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 08:00:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 2942 at http://kbia.org A Sigh Of Relief For A Rebounding Shopping Center http://kbia.org/post/sigh-relief-rebounding-shopping-center Last fall at troubled strip mall in Phoenix, a few brave business owners <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129734692">opened in a virtually empty complex</a> called Bethany East during a decidedly bad economy. In March of this year, the center fell into foreclosure and new buyers stepped in. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:00:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 2362 at http://kbia.org A Sigh Of Relief For A Rebounding Shopping Center