Do you remember the “Tuesday Night Book Club,” a CBS “reality” show that ran for two episodes in 2006? Calling it “reality” would be stretching the truth.
The premise was for some Scottsdale ladies to meet weekly to discuss recent books they had read. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much book talk but plenty said about sex and gossip. Besides, only a couple of the ladies were from Scottsdale and while the meeting place was supposed to be the home of one of the ladies, it was actually a rental used only for the show. CBS did well getting through two episodes before the inevitable cancellation.
In 2009 Scottsdale decided that with the population explosion and heavier traffic to the north it would make sense to widen two lane Pima Road north of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.
In 2010, the $16 million widening project at the Pima-Pinnacle Peak intersection caused continuous traffic jams. Barricades were changed regularly to accommodate the project so every day was a new adventure for drivers. Fortunately, it was worth the hassle although retailers complained that it cost them a lot of business during construction. Unfortunately, sometimes that is the cost of progress. Today, Pima runs smoothly north and south with thriving businesses registering zero complaints.
Can anyone name another city with public art displayed on its freeway walls? Scottsdale has it plus when they received complaints years ago about the new 101 road surface making an annoying sound from car tires, they applied a rubber surface that quickly ended those complaints. I doubt if many cities would have been so accommodating.
Which city was the first to use the one armed garbage collection trucks we see today? If you said “Scottsdale” you may go to the head of the class. When compared with art covered freeway walls, garbage collection doesn’t seem very romantic but having the “Godzilla” truck come by weekly to empty two large containers on wheels sure beats dragging several cans to the curb on garbage day.
Unfortunately, into every life some rain must fall; even in Scottsdale. With the economy foundering a few years ago, the city had to announce some cutbacks in city services. The City Council at that time was looking for some viable method to increase revenue and one suggestion was to sell advertising space on city owned property. They may have actually done that but the first thing I thought of was the possibility of a large billboard on the edge of town reading “Welcome to Scottsdale, brought to you by Wal-Mart!” Luckily, that didn’t happen!
As far as rain actually falling rather than metaphorically, one of the pastimes in Scottsdale before a bridge was built was to visit the Indian Bend Wash between Hayden and Scottsdale Roads during a heavy rainfall to watch some people try to navigate their cars through the rushing water. It was an expensive proposition for them to pay the towing charge plus a fine from the city for acting a few levels below what most would consider normal intelligence.
I remember a guy who had a new Lexus practically destroyed by attempting the crossing. He was an older distinguished looking gentleman who looked like he was successful in spite of not having much common sense. After he was pulled from the water he said that the next time it rained he would try again. In his case “Only in Scottsdale” seemed appropriate.
The Indian Bend Wash during a monsoon. What is it about "DO NOT ENTER WHEN
FLOODED" that some people don't understand? (Brandon Wilderness)
Pima and Pinnacle Peak Roads during 2010
Pima and Pinnacle Peak after widening project. Smooth sailing three lanes each
Pima Road south of Pinnacle Peak Road
after improvements. (Achen-Gradner)