“Gastropub” by any other name is… a bar

With this headline, “Bitters cocktail bar and restaurant to open at SkySong in Scottsdale,” we see what I believe is the bar district’s camel nose under the tent at the taxpayer-subsidized SkySong office park gulag. And if bar district princess (and city councilwoman) Suzanne Klapp is tweeting about it, you can be sure that Klapp […]

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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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McDowell Road Noise/Urination Ordinance Coming?

Incumbent city council candidate Virginia Korte just retweeted an AZCentral tweet announcing that the taxpayer-subsidized office building known as SkyThong will soon include a Starwood Hotel. This is because of yet-another city lease amendment favorable to Sharon Harper’s Plaza Cos., thanks to Korte and her council cronies. What you may not know is that the […]

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“Media Buy” has a whole new meaning in Scottsdale

About a month ago, I published additional details in the ongoing saga of former-fake mayoral candidate Bill Crawford and his phantom nominating petition signatures, including Crawford’s cowardly attempt to bully me into silence with an empty threat of a lawsuit over comments his lawyer mistakenly said I posted on AZCentral. Thinking (foolishly, as it turns […]

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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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