Smith: my view of the history of a Scottsdale Desert Discovery Center at the Gateway

During the recent council work study session on the Desert EDGE project, I summarized the history of events that has led to locating a Discovery [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: another right of an Arizona citizen is lost

Tensions sometimes arise between developers — driven to maximize their project’s profitability — and neighbors fearful a project’s [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: the Scottsdale Desert Discovery debate carries on

Tuesday evening, council heard a brief presentation from the study group under contract to develop the concept for a Desert Discovery Center. [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: the great Scottsdale Millennial debate

I’ve felt a certain disconnect as I’ve read the recent debating opinions about “millennials.” Like so many labels, the term millennial is a [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: legacy of extraordinary volunteer signified with William P. Schrader Day

Last night our city commemorated 50 years of volunteer service from former Mayor Bill Schrader by declaring Jan. 30, 2017 as William P. Schrader [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: Hogan study looks at numbers outside of downtown Scottsdale

I saw your piece in the Independent online and wanted to share some comments. I certainly agree with your premise that our downtown is an [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: the fiduciary responsibility of Scottsdale City Council

This past Monday evening, council considered an “abandonment request” from a property owner involving a city owned right-of-way in front of his [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: the good, bad and ugly of Scottsdale’s fiscal year

Scottsdale’s fiscal year ended June 30, so it seems timely to share a report on some council decisions over the past few months that will affect [...] Continue Reading →

Scottsdale SkySong: our partner in innovation … and apartments and hotels!

This week, council will discuss an urgent request from its SkySong partner, the ASU Foundation. The supporting council report bears no approval [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: eliminating the sales tax on food will help all residents

It’s the start of a new year…a time to make new resolutions and revisit the ones unfulfilled in 2015. Very soon, we will begin the budget season [...] Continue Reading →