A mile is not always a mile in Scottsdale

As a pilot, I’m familiar with the small (15%) difference between a “statute” mile (the common use) and a “nautical” mile (used for marine navigation–obviously–but also aerial navigation). Pilots almost always talk in nautical miles, and in nautical miles per hour (aka “knots”). At the Scottsdale mayoral debate last week, I heard one of the […]

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Infrastructure investment lags even as borrowing costs remain near historic low | Brookings Institution

Why did this failure occur? One reason is that policy makers were too optimistic when the financial crisis took place back in 2008. Most public and private forecasts at the time understated the severity of the economic fallout from the bank meltdown. Decision makers in Congress and the Administration may have believed infrastructure investment would […]

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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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A Possible Scary Future for Downtown – Light Rail

Bob Pejman sent this email earlier today. The Old Town Merchants Association is passing around a petition for signatures to stop the inclusion of “Light Rail” in the [Scottsdale] Transportation Master Plan that will get voted on by Council in a few months. The attached flyer is also being passed around by Old Town Merchants. […]

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Kingston Trio: The MTA

A wise ScottsdaleCitizen called me this morning to tell me that all the continuing press for light rail by Linda Milhaven, Virginia Korte, Suzanne Klapp (the latter two up for reelection this fall), Jim Derouin (shill), etc., reminded him of the old Kingston Trio song “MTA.” Referencing the KT song might make you think I’m […]

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One-Way Civility

I had an interesting exchange last night with Virginia Korte toadie Jim Derouin, who butted into a Facebook conversation between me and another acquaintance which never really got started. The other fellow asked me how I felt about Korte and Linda Milhaven abandoning their efforts for an LGBT anti-discrimination city ordinance. The other fellow didn’t […]

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