From Scottsdale city councilman Bob Littlefield:
On Saturday 9/8 the Scottsdale Republic printed this letter to the editor I wrote:
In its editorial “Voters can give council clear direction for a change,” the Scottsdale Republic got one thing right: The primary results set up a potential clear choice for voters in November regarding Scottsdale’s future.
What the editorial writers got wrong was their claim that it is a choice between the past and the future. Guy Phillips, Chris Schaffner and Joanne “Copper” Phillips represent those of us who want to keep using the formula that made Scottsdale the best place to live and visit in the Valley. Their opponents want to let the development community bypass that formula for short-term gain.
What is that formula? Simple: high standards for design, development and code enforcement, lots of open space, unobstructed views of the stunning landscape nature has given us, low density and Western character. These qualities not only make Scottsdale a great place for us to live, they also attract tourists, who heavily support our local economy.
That formula most certainly does not include tall buildings that block our views, urban-level density that clogs our streets with traffic and taxes our infrastructure, an oversupply of apartments or an out-of-control bar district.