One of the best cities in America continues to give back to those who are fortunate to live or work within it.
Some of the highlights in 2014 from this corner of the community:
*A very cool bar and restaurant space on Main Street didn’t go away. It’s been recreated as The Beverly.
*The Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center at WestWorld, opened in January, is doing what it was designed to do. Create a better environment for anchor tenants Barrett-Jackson and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, as well as make the property a more interesting harbor for special events.
*The continuing enhancement and evolution of SkySong. It will never be the transformative use the voter-approved arena complex would have been but it is certainly growing more impactful with age. Fortunately, a rumored Wal-Mart has not materialized for the Papago Plaza site across the street.
*The San Francisco Giants won the World Series meaning its spring training complex in downtown Scottsdale will have the area hopping come March.
*The Tom’s Thumb Trailhead on the north side of the McDowell Mountains. Is there a better municipal starting point for a hike and a trail to follow than this one?
*Approval of a dynamic new piece of art to light up and animate the Arizona Canal between Scottsdale Waterfront and Southbridge. It is scheduled to make its debut during Super Bowl. Think WaterFire in Providence but with newer technology.
*As places like Pinnacle Peak Patio and Greasewood Flat ready to go away, or have gone away already like Monti’s in Tempe, be grateful for the continuing operations at places like The Coach House and Rusty Spur.
*The ingenuity of the Indian Bend Wash designers, especially on days like Scottsdale endured during this year’s massive September flooding.
*A new Mercedes-Benz dealership across from Scottsdale Fashion Square that is the type of architectural excellence the city needs to demand more of
*The switching roles of Scottsdale’s first couple of developer consternation. Kathy Littlefield has been a gracious second chair to her husband and Scottsdale City Councilman Bob these past 12 years. Can he do the same now as she takes his seat on the City Council?
*The amazing achievement of Scottsdale resident Michele Reagan to ascend through difficult opponents to be the state’s second in command. It will be interesting to watch her and fellow GOP star Mark Brnovich angle for the ultimate prizes down the road.
*Saturday morning baseball with kids and the Cal Ripken League.
*Saturday afternoons at the Phoenix Open, Barrett-Jackson and Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships.
*The vision of Shawn Yari to create an Entertainment District reminiscent of Dublin’s Temple Bar, where once the sidewalks rolled up after happy hour.
So in the spirit of that area, cheers. To another great year in Scottsdale. It is a place to be thankful for, especially if we can have a few less non-descript apartment projects come on line in 2015. See, it can’t all be perfect here. But it’s close.
Editor’s note: Mr. Rose is co-founder of Rose, Moser, Allyn Public and Online Relations