Economics Class Designs Affordable, Sustainable Neighborhoods
Throughout our country and, recently, even more so in Phoenix, there is a lack of affordable and sustainable neighborhoods. For Mr. Jim Welty's economics class, the challenge presented to students was to design, build and financially test a fictional neighborhood that would guarantee both affordable housing and environmental sustainability. The winners of the 2023 UrbanPlan Project competition were the Blak Rok development team and the Spartan development team. All teams presented their final models to a mock city council made up of professionals with the Urban Land Institute.
Spartan Team Students: Carter Chase '24 Tyler Dersam '24 Luke Gibson '24 Michael Motola '24 Nikhil Panzarella '24 Jake Shores '24 ULI judges/mentors: Hayley Freestone Tony Garvey Brad Grannis Benjamin Hernandez Kean Thomas '12 Max Sommacampagna
Blak Rok Team Students: Grant Dubberly '24 Jake Smith '24 Marco Smith '24 Joseph Slankas '24 Bill Wickers '24 ULI judges/mentors: John Flint Michelle Grossman Tom Johnston David Newcombe Collin Weisenburger '10