Arizona at 100 predictions
Barry Goldwater was a U.S. senator in 1962 when he wrote a piece for the Tucson Citizen newspaper. See for yourself what Arizona's most famous native son said about growth, the desert, water and more. And read about where we might be in 50 years.
Barry Goldwater was a U.S. senator in 1962 when he wrote this piece for the Tucson Citizen newspaper. On this centennial day, see for yourself what Arizona's most famous native son said about growth, the desert, water and more. Notes about how things are today are in bold.
Since it turned 50 in 1962, Arizona has added NFL, NBA, NHL and major-league baseball franchises. It has played host to multiple Super Bowls, national championship college football games, become a regular on the NASCAR circuit and grown its spring-training market from two to 16 teams.
I get a little cranky trying to predict what Arizona will be like 50 years from now, considering I will no longer be part of the scene. Face it: No way will 116 be the new, um, 86.
Tucson, with its deep Mexican roots, will be more multicultural by 2062.
To get a glimpse of our future in 2062, I turned to my friends on Facebook. This seemed fitting. Facebook was something no one could have predicted 100 or 50 years ago; perhaps it could be a place to see our far-flung future clearly.
Given what we've faced in the past decade in terms of drought, and adding the future uncertainty posed by climate change, it's safe to say that 50-year predictions include a large measure of hopefulness.
The date is February 2062. As we celebrate our sesquicentennial, many of Arizona's 11 million residents know that every time we turn on the faucet, switch on the lights, or enjoy high-speed rail travel within the Sun Corridor and to California, we have our public lands to thank. The natural …
Arizona will be a remarkable example of the successful blending of diverse cultures - including the strength of our state's Hispanic heritage - with the innovation and insights that result from the infusion of ideas born from growth, development and education. Arizona will be characterized a…
Leading up to Arizona's centennial today, we are reprinting a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.
To gain some insight into Arizona's future, we need to look back on the past. Who would have thunk it? The average life span of an American in 1900 was 47; today it's 78. Less than 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub, while around 8 percent had a telephone.
Houses have a life of well over 50 years, which means there will be a significant number of homes in existence today in 2062 as well. Living in these homes will be much the same as it is today. What will be different? There are two areas that I believe will be significantly different.
As I am asked to consider the future of higher education in Arizona, I can easily fall back on the insight of the perennial statesmen Barry Goldwater, who noted that frontier challenges will always exist for Arizona. The same holds true for higher education, its evolving frontier perpetually…
We invited letter writers to peer into the future and tell us what our state will be like 50 years from now.