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Heat resilient neighborhood being developed near 19th Street and Roosevelt

Posted at 5:22 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 19:22:42-05

PHOENIX — It's an empty lot right now near 19th Street and Roosevelt but it will soon be a first for Phoenix: A heat resilient neighborhood.

This specific neighborhood will be developed to reduce the heat it holds and reflects back. Trees, canopies and structures will be used to block the sun from heating up surfaces.

The city will also lay down pavement that doesn't hold as much heat. This is very different from some parts of the city that have zero-scape.

"We're actually thinking, 'How do we create a whole neighborhood that's cool and create where people can navigate through that whole community?'," said Mark Hartman, the city's chief sustainability officer.

The neighborhood will be developed and built over the next several years.