Department of Translation: “Divisive”

For those of you who haven’t heard of Dan Schweiker, he’s a recent carpetbagger from Paradise Valley running for Scottsdale City Council with a ‘nuggets of nothingness’ campaign (shades of Virginia Korte). Dan hopes you’ll vote for him because he’s a nice guy and because his name is very similar to another ‘tea’ guy, David […]

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More Lane Lies

Hold the Presses! The Scottsdale Independent prints yet another campaign PR puff piece for Scottsdale’s incumbent mayor Jim Lane, with no editorial challenge whatsoever to Lane’s lies. Shocking! Here’s the first paragraph: Recently I sent an e-mail highlighting why I think Scottsdale is the best city in which to live. Our economy is strong. Our […]

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Wanting Scottsdale to be special is more about ‘creating’ than ‘keeping’ | Scottsdale Independent

The city of Scottsdale today has no power in itself to make the great accomplishments required for our future success, but it has the power to discourage the worst and encourage the best. This is about the only wholly truthful statement in Vern Swaback’s entire column! There’s so much hot air in Swaback’s column that […]

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Throwback Blowback

Taking a page out of the Jason Rose playbook (“He supported it before he opposed it”), the editor of the “straight and unbiased” Scottsdale Independent, Terrance Thornton, posted a Throwback Thursday Facebook reference to a ScottsdaleTrails article I wrote years ago regarding his ascension to his current position: Terrance Thornton Throwback Thursday: cool to see […]

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Principled Dishonesty

A recent campaign email from Scottsdale’s two-term incumbent mayor Jim Lane parrots a poorly-researched Arizona Republic article: “New development downtown and the ongoing revitalization of Scottsdale’s McDowell Road corridor appear to be pushing home prices higher in the area. In the two ZIP codes south of Chaparral Road — 85251 and 85257 — the median home price […]

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Mesa Hopes New ASU Campus Spurs Downtown Growth

Cities across the Valley are looking inward these days, refocusing resources and money on creating attractive downtowns. Now, Mesa city officials are hoping a deal with Arizona State University will jump start their downtown’s growth. Voters will have their chance to approve the potentially $160 million dollar project to build a new ASU campus in […]

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In Praise of Urban Sprawl [or, Is Scottsdale Going to the Dogs?] – WSJ

In essence, Mr. Kotkin argues, being anti-suburb is being anti-family. With this book [“The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us”] he wants to shift the emphasis back to people, the derided suburban masses that he refers to as “the rest of us,” people who have become almost invisible to anti-sprawl adherents, especially those […]

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