As we round the corner of this new year, 2019 (sure to be banger), I find myself in the thick of things at Arcosanti. There are about 70 of us here occupying the "urban laboratory", that is, a place to experiment with what might become a model for future cities. And I have to say, it's dope here.
The landscapes inspire awe, and the built environment displays an unmissable beauty. The people, well, imagine the average, vanilla American. There's not one of those people here. Everyone has something interesting to offer, and many have wonderful gifts and vision to share.
I arrived at Arcosanti a little over 2 months ago keen to experience an alternative urban form. Just how alternative Arco is depends on the day, but so far I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The surrounding natural landscapes remain intact, providing residents with beautiful views and easy integration with nature. At a 1 hour drive to the nearest big city, it's remote enough to feel spacious, has beautiful star viewing at night, while also not feeling too isolated. Not only for proximity but also visitors. Around 30,000 people visit Arcosanti each year. So although we are far out into the Arizona desert and grasslands, the world comes to us. I regularly meet new and interesting people from all over the world whose responses to this place range from curious wonder to infatuation and even repulsion. Yes, not everyone who comes here gets enchanted. But it seems that most do.