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Alternative Desert Cities 2
Nelson Community Perspective

Alternative Desert Cities 2

Perspective of a new community of dwellings that have settled in the Salt River preservation by student Kali NelsonPerspective of a new community of dwellings that have settled in the Salt River preservation by student Kali NelsonPerspective of a new community of dwellings that have settled in the Salt River preservation by student Kali NelsonPerspective of a new community of dwellings that have settled in the Salt River preservation by student Kali Nelson

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