“I am disappointed we are talking about this,” he said. “To try and diffuse the situation by saying we are not using Scottsdale Road is simplistic at its best and devious at its worse.”
I agree with that statement and sentiment…but it’s important to recognize that yet-again, David Smith’s position is the same as the council majority. If his was the swing vote on this issue–which it may very well be in the future, and mind-you, this is far from a dead issue–he could easily be singing a different tune.
Scottsdale City Manager Fritz Behring last year saying rail should not be considered in the update due to the 2009 vote where Scottsdale residents voted down a Light Rail measure.
So much for Virginia Korte’s lie (and there’s no way to be diplomatic with it) that we haven’t yet had the voters weigh in on this issue.
Scottsdale Councilwoman Virginia Korte disagrees and points out pillars of the Scottsdale business community have pledged their support to pursuing high-capacity transit options in the future transit landscape of Scottsdale.
“I believe the most important conversation we can have tonight is about the connectivity we have with the rest of the region,” she said.
“I think we need to take into consideration our visitors. Our (convention and visitor’s bureau) has determined that high-capacity transit is a critical issue. This is based on market research.”
If that’s the case and our lack of light rail is such a problem for tourists, why are we still the envy of the Valley when it comes to tourism and tourism revenue? This is another Korte lie.
“Companies moving to Scottsdale need to understand that we are looking ahead to their future transportation needs,” [Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Hiegel] said of why it is important to consider all aspects of multi-modal transit options.
“Specific businesses like healthcare and resorts need to get their workers and staff in and out of our great city…”
Herein perhaps we find a grain of truth that gets to the heart of light rail support by developers and the liquor industry who dominate the Chamber of Commerce. Over the past twenty years they’ve managed to get a complicit Mayor Jim Lane and the council majority to erode our parking requirements so much that this is beginning to impact their workforce!