Tesla Motors Adds Supercharger Locations in Arizona

Dec 13, 2014

It wasn't very long ago that the idea of owning a pure electric car was a crazy dream. There were no mass-market manufacturers of electric vehicles and no infrastructure in place to support them. In just 11 years, Tesla Motors has changed all that.

The upstart company from California has become one of the biggest success stories not only in the automotive world, but in the business world. Backed by PayPal co-founder and billionaire Elon Musk, Tesla Motors has overcome many hurdles previously thought to be impossible.

The Mystery of Phoenix Northgate

Aug 24, 2014

You might think that North Phoenix, with its suburban tract housing and its shopping centers and strip malls, might not be a very interesting place. But within the confines of suburbia lies a mystery that remains unsolved to this day.

I'm talking about a place called Phoenix Northgate - a massive chunk of vacant land located near 19th Avenue and Bell Road, directly across the street from Turf Paradise.

Why Is Phoenix So Hot?

Aug 10, 2014

Phoenix is famous for its scorching hot temperatures during the summer. Between June and August, the daily high temperatures can be over 110°F (43°C) for several days in a row.

So, why is Phoenix so hot? There are a variety of natural and man-made factors.

NATURAL FACTORS

1. No Sea Breeze
This might seem kind of obvious, but I'm going to cover it anyway. Many of America's major cities are coastal cities. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, NYC, Miami, and Chicago are all located near the ocean.

The effect of wind blowing across the water provides a year-round cooling effect called a Sea Breeze. Because Phoenix is not located near any large bodies of water, the city does not receive this natural cooling effect.

ValTrans: An Idea Ahead of Its Time

Aug 3, 2014

Phoenix is a large metropolitan city with a population of about 4.1 million people. When you compare Phoenix to similar cities like Boston (4.6 million people) and Atlanta (5.5 million people), they have something we do not: a large-scale mass-transit system.

There is a reason for this: Phoenix is a much larger city geographically than these other cities. The greater Boston area is about 4,676 square miles while Atlanta is about 8,376 square miles. Phoenix, by comparison, is a staggering 16,573 square miles - more than double the size of Atlanta with a million fewer residents!

10 Things to Get Over About Phoenix

Jul 28, 2014

I got the idea for this post after reading an article on BuzzFeed called "10 Things to Get Over About Los Angeles" and realizing that many of the same complaints about LA could also apply to Phoenix. Well, here's my list of 10 Things to Get Over About Phoenix.


1. The Heat
Phoenix gets ridiculously hot with summer temperatures hitting as high as 120°F (49°C). And as the locals are quick to point out, it's a DRY heat. The air is not thick and muggy like in other parts of the country. The low relative humidity actually helps the human body cool itself more effectively (read more).

While the heat may be brutal, it must not be that unbearable if 4.2 million people are willing to live here. There are ways to adapt to the heat including air conditioning, evaporative cooling, wearing light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, drinking lots of water, and staying in the shade. Yes it gets scorchingly hot during the summer, but over 4 million people make it work and you can, too.

 

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