Close: convergence of ideas are blossoming in southern Scottsdale

The revitalization of southern Scottsdale and the re-emergence of downtown are beginning to seamlessly blend these two areas of our city.

Dana Close

Dana Close

There is a difference of opinion as to where downtown stops and southern Scottsdale starts. But it’s not debatable the stretch of Scottsdale Road between Osborn and Thomas roads is changing. While it’s still eclectic, the once hodge-podge area that connects downtown and southern Scottsdale is improving. It’s no longer that “lost zone.”

For several years I’ve worked with the city and civic organizations on the revitalization of the McDowell Road Corridor and nearby neighborhoods. There’s still plenty of work to do, but our businesses and residents should be proud of what we have accomplished so far.

Because of their proximity to one another, downtown and southern Scottsdale have shared many of the same economic and evolutionary cycles. Today, both areas are enjoying a renaissance of investment in new businesses and residences. There is a synergy between the two areas that benefits the entire city. It’s exciting.
Now the challenge is to make sure that success is sustained.

I believe the driving force behind the resurgence of downtown and southern Scottsdale is their individual diversification. People of all ages seeking an “urban lifestyle” are moving into downtown. Meanwhile, young families seeking a sense of “neighborhood” in which to raise children are relocating to southern Scottsdale where long-time residents already reside.

A new wave of energy is generating more business for shops, restaurants and entertainment venues throughout both areas. And that’s not only due to their closeness to one another, but also because of how they are connected by bicycle and pedestrian paths and parks that make it easy for people to go back and forth between the two.

With a new year quickly approaching, I’m looking forward to more good things happening for downtown and southern Scottsdale as they grow together.

Editor’s note: Ms. Close owns Close Community Concepts, a community relations firm, and lives in Southern Scottsdale. You can reach her at danaclosec3@gmail.com

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