Guest Editorial: The Park Dividend

By Scottsdale Pinetop Many are familiar with the political slogan “Peace Dividend.” Popularized by President George H.W. Bush in the 1990’s, the term commonly refers to a state in which a country is no longer at war and its government can afford to reduce defense spending and reallocate it elsewhere. On a much smaller scale, Arizona’s Fossil Creek is attempting … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Issue No One In Scottsdale Is Talking About

By Scottsdale Pinetop For many visitors and residents, Scottsdale appears to be the epicenter of affluence with million-dollar homes, luxurious apartments and five-star resorts and golf courses. Yet, few acknowledge that in the past few years Scottsdale has experienced a rise in homelessness. It is a concern that we cannot ignore. But like so many social issues, there are no … Read More

Guest Editorial: Medical Marijuana and The Maverick

By The Happy Wanderer Meaghan McCain, the daughter of late U.S. Senator John McCain, has never been afraid to voice her opinions, no matter how controversial. She made national headlines earlier this week when she told Ricki Lake, her co-host on the television show “The View,” that cannabis treatment could have extended the life of her father. Senator McCain died … Read More

Guest Editorial: Art Of The Deal: They Deserve It

By Scottsdale Pinetop “There’s never anywhere to park.” How many times have we heard it? It’s a traditional critique for any lively city and one that Old Town Scottsdale has been battling for years. As a new wave of people flood to Scottsdale to live, work and play, Scottsdale’s lack of parking spaces has caused headaches for businesses, residents and … Read More

Guest Editorial: Wait! There’s More From A.J. Germek?

By Scottsdale Watchman We’ve talked about A.J. Germek and his opinions on Museum Square before. You can read about him and them here. Let’s give a brief synopsis of who he is: he’s a naysayer who seems to love nitpicking on projects and any sort of development. This guy is so negative, he makes perpetual Scottsdale pessimist John Washington look … Read More

Guest Editorial: Kate The Great

By Scottsdale Pinetop We are in the final days of the Phoenix mayoral race. With the election right around the corner, both candidates are spending big money to sway any last minute voters – if they haven’t already decided –  bombarding Phoenicians with TV ads, newspaper ads and recorded calls. And with the recent push from “dark money” organizations throwing … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Strong Scent of Hypocrisy

By Scottsdale Watchman In one lauded episode of the television series Seinfeld, George Costanza uttered a now-iconic phrase when referencing an alleged conspiracy. He said, “This thing is like an onion: the more layers you peel, the more it stinks!” That’s how we’re feeling right about now as we dig deeper into Museum Square detractor Scott Jarson. We’ve devoted a … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Flag Stays

By Scottsdale Pinetop If we’ve learned anything from the recent election cycle, it’s that our community is becoming more and more involved in matters affecting the city. In the case of the Papago Plaza, the vote was postponed by City Council after the public demanded more community outreach. The recent debate surrounding the city flag is another good example. Since … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Ban That Will Hopefully Billow

By The Tempe Tree No municipality envies what the City of Tempe has gone through the last couple weeks. First, Tempe police arrested four protesters outside of Tempe City Hall. Next let’s not forget the lawsuit filed by the owner of PARC Dispensary against the city for interference with his vested property rights as he seeks to open a previously-entitled … Read More

Guest Editorial: City’s Largest Employer and Neighbor Endorses Museum Square

By Scottsdale Pinetop We’ve said it before and we will say it again – Museum Square is great project for Scottsdale. Museum Square would take the now defunct and vacant Loloma transit station and turn it into a high-end, mixed-use master plan development between the Museum of the West, Stagebrush Theatre and Scottsdale Artist’s School. We’ve written extensively about the … Read More