Currently, there are no visible (?) sidewalks North of Pinnacle Peak road on either the east or west side of Scottsdale Rd. I often see people riding their bikes or walking in the road and cars in this area generally go 50-60 MPH. In an area of higher than average tax revenues we can afford curb and gutter similar to what was done on Pima Road. There is very beautiful nature up in this area and unfortunately our transportation system in the far North does not make it easy to "go for a walk" in the neighborhood. The desert scenes are beautiful but not transit-oriented and one needs a car to safely get 1 mile. The housing developments along Scottsdale Road should have paid in to have the curb and gutter finished properly at some point. When the road floods after a long rain, the street looks muddy and messy. We have to balance keeping the desert preservation area with legitimate need for sidewalks and curb/gutter. Dynamite Blvd is in a similar state, sees a high number of traffic most days, and needs to be widened and curbed/guttered/sidewalked properly based on what was said in the city's last general plan. How do we make sure we have the funds to "execute" the general plan?
The light rail could connect from the public transit center near ASU main campus and travel north up Rural Road through Scottdale Road. This would be an effective way to sustain valley tourism as well as give the local community an easy and inexpensive way to travel.
The majority of bulk pick up is recyclable yard waste, especially tree branches. Consider having a truck with a wood chipper go around prior to bulk pick up. Use the chipped wood for parks, playgrounds, etc.
I am a daily user of facebook. The City's facebook access is impossible and very discouraging for citizens to post ideas. It takes too long to get to a comment page and the access itself is far too complicated. I would hope that this is not intentional.
I'm not sure if Scottsdale has seen this, but I thought I'd pass it on:
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When driving east on Camelback the welcome sign into Scottsdale is blocked by a huge pipe and can be barely seen unless your looking for it. Many of the main streets have better signage than the one now be represented. The signage should be representative of the great city Scottsdale is. A joint venture even with Phoenix in designing a overhead sign with Scottsdale on one side and Phoenix on the other. I believe it is important to provide a great first impression when entering a city.
We are a tourist destination, so anything that offers them something to do will appeal.Select an architect that can design a destination building to house it, tie it to the zoo and the botanical gardens and wait for the hordes of sightseers. This will lead to redevelopment all along McDowell as they cater to the attendees.
It will be expensive but should pay off over the years
Elevated Trail on McDowell Road – Bad Idea
Building an elevated trail on or near McDowell Road is a terrible and costly idea. Using New York City’s unused elevated train tracks to create a landscaped path was a great idea because the track were already there and would have cost more to remove. The urban density of New York is twice that of Scottsdale.
I have lived here for over 30 years and urban sprawl is the reason that areas decline in use. Attempting to jumpstart and area with an elevated walkway, which is not a destination, is incomprehensible. Phoenix has been redeveloping its downtown for over 20 years with limited success. Unless there is an event at one of the large venues the streets are empty. The big department stores and grocery stores left in the 1970s and 80s and probably will never return.
People drive from place to place they do not walk like in New York. The Light Rail is nowhere near. Connecting Indian Bend Wash to a little used Papago Park would not be used as a walkway. People drive to the Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens they would not walk from McDowell Road, let alone, from Indian Bend Wash.
Finally, making comparisons with this walkway to the McDowell Mountains is not comparable. The mountains have been there for tens of thousands of years; Scottsdale chose to pay so they were not developed with homes and buildings. Trails were improved or built so people could enjoy the natural wonders of the desert. The Discovery Center in the Preserve would also be a bad idea. Transporting the desert to a concrete structure under a noisy polluted thoroughfare is beyond comprehension. Please drop this costly and pointless endeavor.
Approach the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community regarding the land that borders McKellips Road south and Hayden Road east . . . currently that piece of land is vacant and farmland. How about Legend City 2020? Reintroduce Valley residents to our original theme park built with 21st Century technology for ride safety and summer cooling. Right next to the Tempe Marketplace. Could be very large tourist destination shared with Scottsdale and Tempe . . . new hotel development on the vacant MDowell Motor Mile. New sales tax revenues from the park and new surrounding businesses . . . would create LOTS of jobs in the Valley. Good for schools . . . perhaps we could get a loan from gaming revenue to put this on the front burner and pay it off quickly with monies from advertising. Better than Skysong or a Coyotes arena! http://www.legend-city.com/