Guest Editorial: Solar, Shade and Sustainability Rule the Development, Design Roost

By Recker McDowell Scottsdale is considering the vision and future of its popular Old Town area. Tempe is looking at building more urban and creative neighborhoods. Other cities — including Phoenix, Chandler, Goodyear, Mesa and Gilbert — are all looking to take their downtowns to the next level including more residents, offices and restaurants. Communities, in particular Scottsdale, are also … Read More

Guest Editorial: Stark Contrasts and Choices

By Recker McDowell — The New Hampshire primary this week is whittling down the crowded Democratic field after the debacle in Iowa. The Democratic field offers primary voters a distinct choice between ‘progressives’ such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and ‘moderates’ such as Pete Buttigieg, Michael Bloomberg, Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden. Whoever the Democrats pick will offer a … Read More

Real Estate Developers, Dealmakers Bankrolling Suzanne Klapp’s War Chest Highlights The Early Scottsdale 2020 Contribution Reports

Scottsdale City Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp has the early financial advantage in the 2020 race for Scottsdale Mayor. Scottsdale City Councilwoman Virginia Korte who is also running for mayor as well as candidates for three council seats up for election this year are still ramping up their fundraising efforts, it appears. That is according to fourth quarter campaign reports filed with … 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

Guest Editorial: Scottsdale Can Parlay International Tourism Into Economic Development Gains

By Recker McDowell — Scottsdale hosted 1.7 million international tourists last year, according to a new tourism impact study released by the city earlier this month. Those international travelers account for 15.7 percent of the 10.8 million of Scottsdale’s visitors in 2018. This is the first study where Scottsdale tracked international visitors and their $443.9 million spending here. That spending … Read More

Secret Developer Group Launching Suspect Campaign to Stop Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary So It Can Build High-Rise Project in Scottsdale

(SCOTTSDALE) — It really ultimately is Patients vs. Developers. Health Care vs. High-Rises in Scottsdale — and developers are trying to dupe the public and Scottsdale City Council. A new email shows real estate developers, including out-of-state ones, and some downtown property owners are working covertly to undermine and oppose a needed medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Scottsdale. Developers want … Read More

Guest Editorial: Scottsdale Shows Its Community Fabric With Top National Ranking for People with Disabilities

By Recker McDowell — Scottsdale ranks as one of the top cities in the entire country for people with disabilities. That is according to a new study from financial research firm WalletHub which ranked cities based on accessibility, physicians per capita, in-home health care services and income levels of people with disabilities. Scottsdale ranks number 2 nationally behind only South … Read More