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July 05, 2009

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The car fire story is true, but its effects were not really as bad as what seems to have been told around the fire. If I recall correctly, it was gradually paid off over the course of 10 or 15 years, so that's ancient history by now.

The fire certainly didn't stop construction: the majority of Arcosanti has been built since 1978 (the music center, amphitheater, office complex, and East Crescent complex -- basically everything east of the Vaults). It was just one of many setbacks, however -- the greatest of which was almost certainly Colly Soleri's (aka the power behind the throne) death from cancer in 1983.

Construction never stopped outright, however, and there were very significant bursts of activity in the mid-90s and early 2000s. It ebbs and flows, though I don't know which way the tide is going at present.

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