Guest Editorial: The Lessons of Versace and Scottsdale Fashion Square

By Recker McDowell — Scottsdale Fashion Square is landing a new Versace store to go along with other luxury locations for the likes of Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada. Fashion Square’s new Nieman Marcus anchored luxury wing and attraction of high-end brands along with a new Apple store helped spur sales at the mall. Fashion Square sales … Read More

Guest Editorial: Chandler Has Ingredients For Next Cool Downtown

By Recker McDowell — Restaurants have been a big real estate, economic development and consumer spending driver throughout the current economic cycle. New cool restaurants filled empty and foreclosed properties right after the Great Recession. That helped Culinary Dropout and others sprout on Seventh Street in Phoenix. Restaurants have been the linchpin of the growth and popularity of Gilbert’s Heritage … Read More

Guest Editorial: Why Debbie Lesko Is Very Much the Face of Donald Trump’s GOP

By Recker McDowell — U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Arizona) has seen her regional and national profile rise via her full-throated defenses of President Donald Trump and jabs at Democrats during the impeachment hearings. Like it or not. Good or bad. Lesko, a former state lawmaker representing the West Valley, is very much a face of the Republican Party in Arizona … Read More

Santa’s Gift To Paradise Valley

If Airbnb is treating Paradise Valley roughly these days, others like Ritz-Carlton and Five Star Development are not. The emerging resort at Lincoln and Scottsdale Roads will be Santa’s greatest gift to the tony town in 2020. In previous years skepticism seemed to be the project’s yuletide sonnet. But not this one after the project’s developer, Five Star, opened up … Read More

Quite The Scottsdale History Maker

It’s hard for a developer to lose once at the Scottsdale Planning Commission. But twice? Unheard of. Yet, this week that’s what happened to one of the worst development applications in recent memory. Seeking to supersize an entitlement an apparent out-of-state developer sought permission to change zoning for 5 homes on five acres near WestWorld on McDowell Mountain Ranch Road … Read More

Guest Editorial: Papago Plaza, Other Scottsdale Redevelopments Reinforce Necessity to be Cool, Creative, Connected

By Recker McDowell — Papago Plaza in Scottsdale is being demolished. The retro shopping center and its distinctive pink Pueblo architecture are coming down and will be replaced by new apartments, a hotel as well as a planned Aldi store and Starbucks. The redevelopment is at McDowell and Scottsdale roads across from the ASU SkySong development. Both Papago and SkySong … Read More