Opinion

Fishman: Ignoring facts won’t benefit community

Posted 6/29/22

Council member Caputi’s editorial perfectly captures the extremism among some council members and candidates regarding development, water adequacy, and building heights.

Those in that camp …

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Opinion

Fishman: Ignoring facts won’t benefit community

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Council member Caputi’s editorial perfectly captures the extremism among some council members and candidates regarding development, water adequacy, and building heights.

Those in that camp ignore the facts and show little regard for the lack of current development and its negative implications in future years.

This is the sort of big lie propagated by those who cannot accept that measured and appropriate placed (re)development supports our economy, reputation, and brand.

We must ferret out those candidates and members of council that refuse to accept the facts, are shortsighted, and whose leadership is a formula for mediocrity. Instead they prefer to wax eloquently about our world class brand and awards. Championship teams are always seeking meaningful and often bold ways to improve their results.

While our current council can certainly list achievements they have not provided a decisive and cohesive march to maintain our advantages. Given the strong assets we have the marginal changes implemented and proposed are more through individual efforts than team efforts.

Councilwoman Caputi has appropriately challenged the mayor, some council members, and future members to reassess their positions based on facts. I can only hope this resonates with them and the voters in Scottsdale and not the fear tactics of drug cartels and fewer holiday lights because of an increasing short-term rentals.

I strongly encourage the council to determine the right level of development (it can be quantified) to support and improve our tax and service levels in future years particularly given the inflationary environment.

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  • xway.mike.norton

    Well said, Mr. Fishman.

    Bob Littlefield launched the nonsensical "toxic overdevelopment" slogan. We're neither over developed nor is development toxic, but that really doesn't matter to that group - they're in it for the attention and fear mongering.

    We know what Whitehead, Graham, Littlefield and Janik want - nothing. A Mortatorium. They actually say it openly now. And by Moratorium they mean BANANA - Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone.

    Parts of Scottsdale are old and run down. Huge never used parking lots around dying retail big box centers being one of my biggest pet peeves. There's absolutely nothing special about that. Quite the opposite. It's time to grade them all and do-over.

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  • Oldjohn

    It is a tourist centric city. The powers to be decided that long ago and after Covid- it was proven. All these people talk about growth. How can a tourist centric city really grow? More Barrett? More TPC? More night life in the Red Light District?

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  • Oldjohn

    I do think that Scottsdale needs about a 300 unit apartment complex near 120th and Mountain. Great location

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