So Important For SoSco

One of the great Scottsdale stories of 2016 was the undeniable vibe that southern Scottsdale and her neighborhoods were an area on the move. Its strengths have long been known – proximity to Scottsdale’s thriving downtown and nearby freeways, a surging SkySong, new breweries – and the marketplace in the form of new families and residents started to respond. Mayor … Read More

Smart, Scottsdale

Plans are underway to tap the further potential of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.  Click here for more info. This is smart planning by city staff and Mayor Jim Lane and the City Council. But these plans should not languish.  They should be funded as soon as they’re completed. Home to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, arts festivals, Sunday concerts and … Read More

The End Of History In Paradise Valley?

Michael Collins is the Mayor of Paradise Valley.  He likes to get things done.  He’s about the destination, not the journey.  So are most of the rest of the people serving on the Paradise Valley Town Council.  It’s a town of the accomplished.  It’s also a town started by the likes of O’Connor, Rehnquist and Goldwater. With historic names like … Read More

Together we can make our great city even better

By Virginia Korte Last week I was officially sworn in to begin my second term on the City Council.  I am looking forward to 2017 – especially working with our new City Manager, Jim Thompson. In my inaugural remarks, I said, “My one promise to our citizens is not only to work hard, but continue to use my moral compass … Read More

Foe Not Friend?

A lot of cities like to talk a lot about “regional cooperation.”  The notion goes that if we all just get a long we’ll all be better for it. Well, in the case of Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community let’s take a closer look. A couple of decades back it’s fair to say relations between the … Read More

Sometimes, It’s The Little Things

How do you know you’re in Scottsdale? The beautiful view of the McDowell Mountains?  Indian Bend Wash?  A vibrant downtown?  Terrific public art? They all play a role. But then there is a little thing.  Like bus stops.  Nowhere else in the Valley is such thought given to their aesthetic.  In Scottsdale they are interesting, even noteworthy.  But in other … Read More

Odds & Ends To The Week

*On January 8th new Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson takes over from interim one Brian Biesemeyer.  It’s the best municipal trade since the Phoenix Suns absconded Charles Barkley from the Philadelphia 76ers.  Biesemeyer found bureaucracy to be bucolic.  That Scottsdale continued to succeed despite his management speaks to just how special a place it is.  Thompson has an energy, expertise … Read More

30 Years of Promoting Scottsdale Tourism

Bt Rachel Sacco This year marks Experience Scottsdale’s 30th anniversary, and we are kicking off a yearlong celebration hallmarking three decades of promoting travel and tourism in Scottsdale. We wanted to start that celebration with a sincere thank you to our members, partners, stakeholders and supporters. Thank you for being a part of the Experience Scottsdale story – whether you … Read More

Together we can make our great city even better

By Scottsdale City Councilmember Virginia Korte As 2016 is winding down and with Christmas less than one week away, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and also a Happy New Year.  I hope you, your family and friends have a safe and peaceful holiday season. Soon the City Council will return to work — so I want to … Read More

Selfish Bastard

The songs.  The homecomings.  The Proms.  The friendships.  The cheerleading.  The college pursuits.  The first loves.  The buddies in the locker room.  The playoffs. There are certain things we never forget about high school.  Yet, in the case of Notre Dame Prep football players were robbed this year of memories that go with playing in the playoffs due to the … Read More