Opinion: Younger residents transforming Scottsdale’s politics

The City of Scottsdale has been going through a major transformation, primarily in the downtown area.

Lots of bars, upscale condos and apartments increasingly dominate.  Now South Scottsdale is slated for the same kind of development surge.

Despite dramatically and somewhat negatively changing the nature of Downtown Scottsdale, including traffic congestion and a pervasive bar scene, there are some definite positives that will affect Scottsdale politics.

Currently, Mayor Jim Lane is a non-inclusive social conservative who opposes the comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance, supported by our council majority and business community.  Currently, Mr. Lane and his right wing extremist allies, located primarily in a few North Scottsdale exclusive barrios, continue to hold back our otherwise socially inclusive city council.  Ironically, Mr. Lane’s support of bar owners and developers will change our politics.

Higher income, more educated, and younger professionals, seeking an urban experience in Scottsdale, are socially inclusive and non-ideological.  Political power will shift.

Conservatism in Scottsdale will return to a more sensible and civilized fiscal focus.  So a comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance is definitely in our future.

This will be good for business.  And this bodes well for everyone in Scottsdale who applauds our American vision of equality, opportunity, and liberty for everyone.

Unfortunately for him, this does not include Mayor Jim Lane.

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.