Since the closing of Los Arcos Mall some 15 years ago and a number of automobile dealerships more recently, Scottsdale’s primary political sport has been hand wringing about the future of McDowell Road.
An arena for the Phoenix Coyotes, SkySong, large new apartment projects, light rail, a New York City-like “High-Line” trail. There has been no shortage of ideas big and small to lift the area from perceived decline.
Yet, as took place up the street in downtown Scottsdale something more organic than planned seems to be occurring. After all, “south Scottsdale” is in the middle of it all.
Five minutes to the south is a thriving ASU. Just north is the fun and entertainment of downtown Scottsdale. To the east lies a recreation jewel, the Indian Bend Wash. The 101 Freeway is just beyond. Adjoining to the west is Papago Park with the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden and now the new home of ASU Baseball.
Pretty good neighbors indeed.
Sometimes the market is slow to recognize such strengths. This is changing in south Scottsdale. And often times the best changes are not prompted by master plans but by the imaginations of entrepreneurs.
Like those at Fate Brewing Company. It’s interesting. Most cool bars and restaurants go through an understood progression. Downtown Scottsdale. Mill Avenue. Maybe Chandler or Biltmore. Then North Scottsdale. But this brewery which started near Scottsdale and Shea is going from north to south. Unheard of!
And that’s why this is so encouraging. First movers will benefit from taking a chance on this area. It would be recognized as the next great neighborhood in the Valley, if it already wasn’t one. As smart business people are understanding.