Scottsdale commits $1.7M for Desert Discovery Center

Scottsdale historian Joan Fudala reminded the council that many of Scottsdale’s signature projects, like the Museum of the West or the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, were considered “big, hairy, audacious” ideas in the early stages.

There’s a lot wrong with the DDC in the form now being discussed, let alone that into which it will inevitably morph. But I’m getting really tired of hearing folks compare the DDC and whatever other hair-brained ideas to the Greenbelt.

The Greenbelt was the best of a small number of options to SOLVE A PROBLEM: Flooding. There is no “problem” with the Preserve, and certainly not one that the DDC or any other such project can “solve.”

And it didn’t hurt that the funding for the Greenbelt came largely from the Army Corps of Engineers, thus not solely from the taxpayers of Scottsdale.

Source: Scottsdale commits $1.7M for Desert Discovery Center

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  1. I was unaware until recently that this organization existed. I have been a resident of South Scottsdale for a long time.

    My major concern is that most citizens especially in South Scottsdale don’t know they have help to pay for the largest urban Preserve in the US at a cost of a billion dollars and counting.

    Four city council members have blocked citizens from deciding what should happen to the Preserve in terms of development. Citizens voted to tax themselves on two ballot initiatives to have funding to purchase land and build trails.

    Citizens overwhelmingly want the right to vote on any development in the Preserve. Right now the City Council has a contractor (DDCSI) ready to build a commericial structure in your Preserve at the Gateway trail head. They won’t allow a citizen vote on the issue.

    If you want to be informed please go to the website to learn about everything that is going on and what you can do to help.

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