Will Phoenix and Tucson merge by 2040?

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  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 23, 2019 11:14 p.m.

    Phoenix and Tucson are growing because businesses and people are leaving California. The same with Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, and Texas.

    The problem is these people will likely vote in politicians like the ones they left in California.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 23, 2019 4:58 p.m.

    I can testify Phoenix was a nightmare to hitchhike out of long before it ever merged with Tucson.

  • Husker2 , 00
    April 23, 2019 11:48 a.m.

    We drove to Tucson last October and the distance between the Phoenix suburbs and Tucson is still enormous. The question of whether they will meet in 20 years seems rather ridiculous.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 23, 2019 11:32 a.m.

    There’s a lot of miles of saguaro between them.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 23, 2019 11:12 a.m.

    As John Wesley Powell said, there isn't enough water in the west to support large populations.
    Where will they get the water?

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    April 23, 2019 11:03 a.m.

    There are two different issues here, not to be confused.

    First, will the greater Phoenix metro area grow large enough to reach Tucson. This is entirely possible, as we have seen in many other metro areas, including here along the Wasatch Front. In fact, only some difficult geography at the Point of the Mountain will keep the Salt Lake metro area from completely merging with the Utah County Metro area; the merger has already happened to the north.

    Second, will the city governments actually merge. This is highly unlikely. History has shown that in large metropolitan conglomerations such as this, the individual municipalities almost always retain their individual identities, especially when separated by as much distance as Phoenix and Tucson.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    April 23, 2019 10:11 a.m.

    I sure hope they don't merge. It is nice to have some space between cities, although the particular space between Phoenix and Tucson isn't the prettiest. Tucson itself is beautiful; we used to live there. We moved from Tucson to Virginia nearly 21 years ago. Last visit was 2 years ago and there was still plenty of space between them just like there was in 1998; 2040 is only about 21 years into our future so I highly doubt they will merge.

  • Flipphone , 00
    April 23, 2019 10:07 a.m.

    Growth destroys the reason why people located to an area in the 1st place.

  • Spitvalve Denton, TX
    April 23, 2019 8:50 a.m.

    Texas is hot enough. Why so many people want to live in a frying pan like AZ is beyond me. :P