Convergence Of Good & Bad

This weekend Canal Convergence returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront. It’s a wonderful concept and celebration of Scottsdale ingenuity at its best.  Turning a non-descript waterway into a campus for capitalism and, periodically, the arts.  For this we can applaud Scottsdale Public Art.  For this. But for two other reasons bureaucrats need to be held to account, or heads need to … Read More

Wall Street Journal Hits Scottsdale

In baseball a successful team needs good starting pitching and a good closer.  That’s how we view this editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal.  We started opining on the matter weeks ago.  But we can’t think of a better closing editorialist than the Wall Street Journal to lay bare what is now a national embarrassment for the city.  Hopefully, Scottsdale’s … Read More

Bigger Government In Scottsdale. Now, Please!

We don’t typically tout more government.  But Scottsdale is of the size and scope that more is needed.  And it would be one of the best reforms the city has ever adopted.  Here’s why. Last we checked members of the Scottsdale City Council were paid $24,000 per year while the Mayor gets $36,000.  They are supposed to be “part-time” jobs.  … Read More

We Like Her. So Should Scottsdale

We’d been hearing good things about new Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Denise Birdwell.  Like her moxy and focus on the destination, not the journey.  This stands in marked contrast to the recently departed David Peterson who etiolated the district.  And when this became apparent even to him Peterson bailed on his fellow bureaucrats, actually blaming two women on the … Read More

Shop Until Their Brains Drop

What morons. In this Age of Trump let’s dispense with editorial etiquette. We’re talking about the grumblings over Scottsdale Fashion Square’s redevelopment plans. Excuse us?  The beloved mall is facing an onslaught from online shopping. Barney’s is departing in a couple of months. Drive by 68th and Camelback and the Dillard’s parking lot. It looks like a ghost town. Restaurants … Read More

No Steroids In Scottsdale

The momentum in downtowns Tempe and Phoenix is undeniable.  It represents good news for every Valley resident.  But let’s be honest.  What’s taking place in those two city centers is a little like watching Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa awhile back, not Willie Mays. In Tempe, local taxpayers have forked over huge sums to create Town Lake.  After a slow … Read More

Open Minds. Closed Streets

It’s not often the former stomping grounds of drug lord Pablo Escobar are invoked for municipal inspiration.  Then again, Bogota, Colombia is not infamous like it was two decades ago. Today, a renaissance is occurring.  There can be found remarkable ideas Scottsdale and other Valley cities should adopt. It’s a Sunday tradition in Bogota to close many city streets from … Read More

Odds & Ends To The Week

*Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu starts his congressional race in a commanding position on the GOP side but his campaign has been a comedy of errors since announcing. *No truth to the rumor that Jeb Bush is looking at Brock Landers, otherwise known as former Congressman Ben Quayle for Vice President.  Keep those Bush-Quayle signs in the closet. *Few elected … Read More

Kudos To Scottsdale Mayor Lane’s Innovative State of The City Approach

The Scottsdale Center for the Arts is a fine facility.  But for years it served as a dungeon for the Mayors of Scottsdale State of the City.  Few attended the dimly lit serenade. Leave it to a reformer like current Mayor Jim Lane to change the approach.  His upcoming address on February 25th is timely to remind all, how he … Read More

Phoning Home For Freedom

Once upon a time Jay Lawrence was the 1-900 voice of Arizona freedom, rocking KTAR late nights for liberty lovers.  Now, he’s a member of the State House of Representatives. Once upon a time Jill Norgaard was doing something else.  Now, she’s a rising Republican star in the same House of Representatives. One of the first things lawmakers learn is … Read More