@ Babalaas- I would have to agree with you that cities like Phoenix lack resiliency and are poorly planned. I grew up on the East Coast, and surprisingly the eastern cities are some of the most sustainable in the country. This is partly because the cities are old though, and planners are forced to incorporate efficiency into the cities design.
One of my favorite Western Cities is Santa Monica California. They have a great sustainability plan and they involve all stakeholders in the city to create their sustainability indicators (markers used to measure the sustainability of a city). Santa Monica City Planners also think of sustainability on the basis of human dignity and equality, economic development, and environmental stewardship. The result of their plan has been a livable wage, a city that uses resources like water and electricity more efficiently than the rest of the country, and a bright, vibrant city that has maintained its beautiful natural spaces.