I love Scottsdale!
I was born and raised here. I went to school here. I work here. My wife and I are raising our three daughters here. And I’m a “millennial.”
Growing up I loved the days when my parents would take me to see the horses at Gainey Ranch. I loved Friday nights when I would wear my best western outfit and head to Rawhide to play “cowboy.” I loved the excitement of going to Reata Pass or Greasewood Flats for a steak dinner with my dad.
Now, as a parent, these are things I can only tell my kids about because the places I have mentioned, along with many more, are gone or have changed. But I still love Scottsdale.
I’ve seen a lot of changes in our community, things I think are great and others I think are not so great. I don’t believe communities should have a mantra of “growth for growth’s sake” or fall for fads to be something they are not. Although when I see something I don’t agree with, I don’t lambast the person who doesn’t agree with my views.
Some people may chime in on this column and say he doesn’t get it: he’s only a millennial so he’s too young to understand issues or he is a shill for the “other side,” whoever they are? I do get it. I love Scottsdale as much as anyone. I will passionately stand up for what I believe is best for our community and not use insults, fear or petulance to prove my point.
If your first reaction to this column is to blast my so-called youthful perspective, I encourage you to take a step back, enjoy what Scottsdale was, what it is now and what it can be if we do a better job of working together.
I truly wish my daughters could appreciate Scottsdale for all of the reasons I learned to appreciate it when I was growing up. But they won’t. They will learn to love our city for the way it is today and the one it will become.
In the meantime, I will do all I can to help Scottsdale be a place in which we all take pride because we will continue to work together through our differences to do what’s right for the city we love.
Editor’s note: Mr. Serena is a resident of Scottsdale and works in the finance.