Graham: downtown Scottsdale adds to local community allure

I enjoyed reading Wayne Ecton’s recent column, “Downtown Scottsdale continues to impress, emerge as an economic engine.”

Barry Graham

Barry Graham

From my perspective, he was spot-on with his observations about our downtown.

I’m part of the “millennial generation” Wayne mentioned. My wife and I live near downtown Scottsdale and appreciate the urban options that it provides. We enjoy the new restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues. We also like the downtown’s walkability because we don’t have to drive from place-to-place when we dine out, shop, or attend art events.

But downtown Scottsdale isn’t just about lifestyle.

As a certified public accountant, I might be described as a “bottom-line” person. And, as such, I believe the downtown area is re-emerging as an economic driver. With the increasing number of people visiting, shopping, and relocating downtown, I can almost hear merchants’ cash registers ringing. That’s a good thing for our economy because it generates sales tax dollars — which keeps our tax rates under control.

I grew up in Scottsdale and have seen the downtown area go through various cycles of prosperity during economic ups and downs. I am optimistic the upward trend in Scottsdale’s downtown will continue. However, I don’t think it has reached its full potential and I expect more people of all ages, including boomers and millennials, to keep moving downtown.

The same holds true for businesses moving downtown – particularly ones that want to be near their workforce.
Whenever I can, I try to keep my tax dollars in Scottsdale, including downtown. Because of downtown’s growing prosperity, I’m finding more reasons to go there.

I hope others consider doing the same.

Editor’s note: Mr. Graham is a resident of Scottsdale

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