Scottsdale mayors and city management, starting with Drinkwater, have for the last 40 years sold land to developers, that has ultimately destroyed our beautiful desert and the City of Scottsdale with endless high-rise buildings.
The next one is a Caesars Palace hotel and residence, 15 stories or more next to Fashion Square and the Optima; the Ritz Carton hotel and residences on Mockingbird/Indian/Bend/Scottsdale Road/Lincoln is in progress.
It started with Mayor Drinkwater and his so-called “lottery” of vacant public land, privately owned etc. among others by world-known Chauncey’s Arabian Horse Farm, on Scottsdale Road and all the way from Bell Road to Carefree and led the way to Scottsdale becoming the Condo Capital of the Southwest, rather than “The West’s Most Western Town.”
Nothing much “most western or southwestern” anymore.
Following this trend were all the mayors that came after him, Jim Lane being the worst.
These city “leaders” have made a concrete desert out of the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Scottsdale, east and west Valley and contributed to the rising temperatures in the summer.
It’s not only climate change, folks, it is all the concrete and pavements that heat up our Valley.
Editor’s Note: Sigrid Egan has been a Scottsdale resident since 1977.