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Those Real Estate Developers in Mesa, Arizona Could Use a Geography Lesson

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumNov 21, 2007 4:22 PM

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On the bookshelf of bad ideas, this one would be an epic: Developers Plan Massive Water Park in Arizona Desert Unfortunately, this seemingly absurd story is moving toward full blown project. My post on our freshwater crisis is now up over at Correlations. Here's an excerpt:

Do we, uh, really need a new water park in Arizona? Because the idea just doesn't sit right with this conservation scientist. Actually, it shouldn't really sit right with anyone who has an interest in the future. Sure, water parks are fun for an afternoon - and lucrative for real estate developers. In fact, the one in charge of the project was quoted in the Seattle Times: 'Mladick, 39, said he wanted to create the kind of lush environment he remembers from growing up in Virginia Beach, Va., and surfing in Morocco, Indonesia, Hawaii and Brazil.' Here's the thing though Mladick...Virginia beach and all those other places you fondly remember aren't ARIZONA - which happens to be a DESERT! Now I can wax poetic on the reasons why these are entirely different systems, but I assuredly expect that most anyone with a map or thermometer can figure it out on their own.

Translation: This is a terrible idea! More on the the proposed project and our freshwater crisis here...

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