It’s one thing for out-of-state corporations to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to elect their cronies (banker Linda Milhaven, good ole boy Dennis Robbins, and opportunist Jennifer Petersen) to Scottsdale City Council, by saturating our mailboxes and television programming with hysterical, hyperbolic portrayals of the good guys.
But it’s something else entirely when they their so-called “facts” are just plain not so.
The latest examples come in a mailer from Judy Eisenhower’s “Scottsdale Strong” group. It says in part (with my comments bracketed),
The facts speak for themselves…
In our downtown, higher density development helps attract new employers. [opinion, not supported by any facts]
Less traffic is generated by higher-density development than low-density housing per unit, making walking, bus and trolley ridership more feasible. [Not only not supported by facts, it doesn’t even make sense]
Independent studies show no relationship exists between density and crime. [If there were studies to support this statement, they’d have cited them…but it’s easier to just make something up]
People of all ages and income groups are choosing higher-density, low maintenance, turn-key housing. [and people in those same demographics are also choosing low-density suburban housing, more in a moment]
Studies also indicate that higher density development does not diminish property values for nearby single family homes. [Again, no studies cited, because they just made up something]
I hope the average voter will see through this paper-thin postcard. But if you need some contravening facts, consider these.
Russ Wiles reported recently on AZCentral about a study from the Finra Foundation that,
People who inhabit apartments and rental homes live closer to the edge compared to homeowners, and they aren’t as knowledgeable about money matters, making them vulnerable to job losses and other shocks. Renters comprise a widening share of the population, and they tend to be “financially fragile.”
In other words, not a demographic that generally contributes to a community’s economic stability.
Catherine Reagor reported recently (also on AZCentral) on study results from Demand Institute that more than 80% of Millennials (age 20-34) want to own their own homes.
And those are only two studies that the average reader can find in about 5 minutes via Google.
The median list price per square foot in Scottsdale is $214, which is higher than the Phoenix Metro average of $123. The median price of homes currently listed in Scottsdale is $499,900 while the median price of homes that sold is $351,000. The median rent price in Scottsdale is $1,800, which is higher than the Phoenix Metro median of $1,150.
City-Data.com says that Scottsdale’s population density is 1,213 people per square mile and an annual serious crime rate of 171.6/hundred thousand residents, while the Phoenix Metro area has a population density of 3,135 people per square mile, and a annual serious crime rate of 414.8/hundred thousand residents.
How stupid does Judy Eisenhower think you are?