From A Stadium To The Smithsonian

After serving on the Scottsdale City Council nearly 3 decades ago when he basically saved the Cactus League from extinction Jim Bruner was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Well regarded and well liked Bruner was the prohibitive favorite for an attractive new congressional district.  Then Jerry Colangelo got to thinking about bringing Major League Baseball to town.  … Read More

Adults Arrive In Arcadia via ASU

Among the many reasons for attending a college or university is problem solving.  They teach it.  And you’re supposed to learn it, directly and indirectly through maturation and matriculation. Here in the Valley Arizona State University doesn’t just teach it, they lead by example. When revitalization of the old Los Arcos Mall site at Scottsdale and McDowell Roads became intractable, … Read More

Odds & Starts To The Week

*With the retirement of long-time Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek, Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates becomes the prohibitive favorite in the race to replace.  It will be interesting to see if anyone of significance steps forward for what may be a fool’s mission. *Celebrity pollster Frank Luntz will be making a Paradise Valley appearance this week at a fundraiser benefiting … Read More

How To Put More Style In Scottsdale Fashion Square’s Height & Density Requests

We are fans of what Scottsdale Fashion Square is seeking to redevelop and stay relevant in a rapidly changing retail landscape.  But it is a lot.  While Mayor Lane and others have turned off the subsidy spigots for developers generous heights are another form of the same.  That’s why the Scottsdale City Council shouldn’t simply be acquiescent obligers.  They should … Read More

Revival Road & 2022 GOP Craziness

Today’s bombshell announcement that popular and principled U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon would not seek re-election is a political earthquake in Arizona Republican circles.  Kudos poured in from diverse voices such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kyrsten Sinema.  All of the kind words are deserved.  Now attention will turn to Salmon’s possible replacement.  Whoever wins the GOP primary in August will … Read More

Grade: A

Several weeks ago it seemed the demagogues were about to drive Scottsdale down by driving away the top school in the country and Scottsdale.  Economic developers in other cities were frothing: if the best city in the Valley said bye-bye to BASIS would or should any company say hello? Then Governor Ducey weighed in . . . and the Wall … Read More

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