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What Will It Take To Make Phoenix A More Livable City?

biker in protected bike lane
City of Phoenix
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A biker rides down the 15th Avenue in Phoenix protected bike lane as a car passes.

When we talk about walkable, sustainable cities, Phoenix is usually not the first city to come to mind. With miles and miles of suburbs and unforgiving heat for more than half the year, it’s easy to understand why people don’t go outside here as much as in other cities.

But one man believes that cities — even cities like Phoenix — can be friendlier to pedestrians and commuters alike. Gil Peñalosa is the chair of the World Urban Parks Association, and the founder of 8 80 Cities, a Canada-based nonprofit dedicated to building cities for people to enjoy.

The Show's Lauren Gilger caught up with him at the University of Arizona, where he is visiting this week to give a lecture about creating livable communities, and they started by talking about what his concept of sustainable mobility is all about: walking and cycling in cities.

Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.