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Rio Salado brochure, front
Back of brochure
ca. 1966
CE EPH Q-258

In the fall of 1966, ASU architecture students under the direction of Professor James Elmore designed a plan that combined flood control with environmental design to convert the Salt River into a valuable asset to the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Rio Salado Project, as it was named, extended over thirty-eight miles from Granite Reef Dam to the Gila River. "Tempe Rio Salado" is a plan for converting several miles of dry river bed into an urban park, extending from 48th Street to Price Road, along the Salt River.

Rio Salado Project, ca. 1966

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