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A Remarkable Study In The Birth of Age Restricted Communities

Melanie Sturgeon is the Archivist for the State of Arizona. On her way to her Masters degree from ASU she volunteered at the Sun Cities Area Historical Society. A good portion of her thesis was written using research and reference materials from the Sun Cities Historical Society.¬† She left a mark on our museum with her efforts and her thesis is without question one of the best pieces ever written on the development of senior aging communities with a heavy focus on Sun City. Researchers from across the world have asked for and received Melanie’s¬†permission to use it in their own work and she has graciously agreed to let us share it with those of you who were looking for the definitive guide on how Sun City came to be.

This document is 178 pages long, but for anyone looking to grasp the concept of active senior retirement communities; this is it: Melanie Sturgeon Thesis



Welcome to my Sun Cities today blog. My term at the Del Webb Sun City museum has ended, and rather than shut the blog down, i have elected to continue posting commentary on life in Sun City. Writing has always been cathartic for me and given my new role on the Rec Centers of Sun City (RCSC) board of directors, this blog will allow me a safe haven to vent, applaud or simply openly communicate with those who chose to follow my comments.

Sun City Arizona has always been a very special place and one of my goals for the three-year term is to try to rebuild that sense of community that DEVCO president John Meeker made so prevalent in the late 60’s and early 70’s. It should be a fun and interesting ride, so feel to join in and send me your comments for posting.

Bill Pearson

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