The once thriving Rio Salado made it possible for this vast desert valley to develop, but our evolution in the past century has created a river wasteland. The focus of the effort recognizes the need to redirect our view of the city in light of the challenges we will be confronted with in this century, towards solutions aligned to more sustainable economic, social and environmental outcomes. To thrive, the Rio Salado must adopt a development and landscape remediation strategy centered on establishing growth patterns which will allow Metro Phoenix to position its growth agenda to compete globally as the solar capital of the world. Such new growth strategies must find innovative approaches as how to integrate our every action with the natural systems and thus allow each new creation to become a potential catalyst for growth which will ultimately benefit the existing urban fabric’s competitiveness. Shifting our current energy consuming trends to a more sustainable growth model will improve both the health of the city and its inhabitants.