Grady Gammage, Jr. Author, “The Future of the Suburban City”

Grady is one of the founders of Gammage and Burnham and has had a varied and diverse 40 year career in law and public policy in Arizona.

His practice has focused on the political aspects of real estate, development and public policy.  As a zoning lawyer, he has represented dozens of major commercial projects including high rise offices, major industrial and office parks, retail shopping centers of all sizes, and tens of thousands of acres of residential projects, including some of Arizona’s most iconic master planned communities. In the early 1980s, he was the primary private sector representative in working on the innovative Urban Lands Act, which made state trust land available for commercial and residential development. As a result, he had represented more transactions with the State Land Department than any other lawyer in Arizona. He has also been at the forefront of urban development in Maricopa County, including deals with such public private projects as the Tempe Town Lake and Arizona’s unique approach to redevelopment incentives. He has also represented cities and towns in revising their development and land use ordinances, and has litigated land use and election issues related to development.

Grady served on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors for 12 years, and was president during a period of turbulence when the CAP was suing the Federal Government over the multibillion dollar cost of the canal. The litigation was resolved successfully resolved through a dramatic restructuring of the federal/state relationship. This led to Grady becoming one of the best respected water experts in the state.

He teaches land use regulation in both the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. In addition, Grady has long served as a Senior Fellow at ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy and the Kyl Center for Water Policy where he works on projects related to urban growth, economic development and quality of life.

At the turn of the century, he built an intense, transit oriented mixed use development in the City of Tempe which won three architectural awards.

For more than 25 years, Grady has been one of the most sought after speakers in Arizona, delivering dozens of presentations on an annual basis throughout the state. Topics include, urban growth, regulation, local politics, environmental and sustainability, transportation, tax policy and demographic changes.

He has been the author of numerous reports issued by the Morrison Institute, including “Watering the Sun Corridor: Managing Choices in Arizona’s Megapolitan Area:” and “Treasure of the Superstitions: Scenarios for the Future of Superstition Vistas”

He is the author of two books on the Phoenix Metropolitan area which have been critically acclaimed and widely quoted. The most recent The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix” was published by Island Press in 2016 and is available on Amazon.

Mr. Gammage has been a frequent guest on NPR, the PBS “Horizon” show on Arizona politics and policy, and has been extensively quoted in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Urban Land, Newsweek and many other news media.