Jen Kitson

Jennifer Kitson is a cultural geographer concerned with the becoming of place through practices of remembering and forgetting. She received a BA in Geography from San Francisco State University, an MA in Geography from California State University, Los Angeles, and is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban planning. As a California transplant, she is both familiar with and continuously astounded by the unfolding urban landscape in Phoenix. Her current research explores the ambivalence of nostalgic practice and performance in residential historic districts. She expects to graduate in May 2012.


Acclaimed as Arizona’s largest homebuilder, John F. Long is best known for bringing modern, affordable single-family suburban homes to valley residents. Maryvale, his iconic post World War II development was the first—and not the last—completely master-planned community in Arizona. Virtually built by hyperbole, Maryvale offered the best, largest, and most modern amenities for the suburban […]