Hohokam village ruins siteThe name "Civano" comes from the Hohokam Indian civilization who inhabited the South-Central region of what is now Arizona (including Tucson). The Hohokam developed sophisticated social and economic systems. The Civano Phase was from the years 1300 to 1450, near the end of the Classical Period which was known as a time when human needs were balanced with the natural resources.
Today, the name Civano represents a "New Urbanist" community in Tucson notable for pioneering more sustainable living patterns, use of solar/energy-efficient homes, and natural desert landscaping. The mixed-use neighborhood by design encourages community interaction by a network of pedestrian footpaths and common/open space.