Leading up to Arizona's centennial today, we are reprinting a
story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson
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
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…
Educational attainment and university graduation rates will be
vital as Arizona presses toward a knowledge-based economy.
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…
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.
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.
Tucson, with its deep Mexican roots, will be more multicultural