The Isolated American Neighborhood Where Residents Rely on Food Trucks and Yearn For a Gas Station

Residents of a remote desert development in Arizona are begging for basic amenities, after being forced to rely on food trucks for supplies. The Tartesso was originally announced as a development in Buckeye, Ariz., in 2005 and currently has around 10,000 residents, many of whom agree that there are too few amenities. The development is along the Sun Valley Parkway, about 40 miles west of Phoenix, on what was once known as the “Road to Nowhere.” For basic groceries and gas, residents have to drive at least 15 minutes. Many of the locals are totally dependent on food trucks that come to the area every day. Residents say they love how quiet the community is, but it’s a steep price to pay for not having normal conveniences. Some parents have to transport their children 25 minutes to school because the local school only goes to the 5th grade, while residents who work at Luke AFB must commute 35-45 minutes each day. Tartesso residents say they want a coffee shop, grocery store and gas station, as well as more places where younger residents can congregate. There is at least one thing materializing, according to the city of Buckeye: a QuikTrip opening south of Tartesso. Currently, the closest gas station is 10 miles away. Officials say that the tiny community is growing, though not as quickly as its residents would like.