Could south Scottsdale be the next Arcadia?

Some call it south Scottsdale. Others call it southern Scottsdale. And still others believe the area that stretches from Osborn Road to our border with Tempe shouldn’t be called anything at all for fear it might set it apart from the rest of the city.

But whatever someone chooses to call it — or not call — it there’s a growing consensus that this special part of our city is rebounding from some pretty tough times. And we’re bouncing back the old-fashioned way, by working together. Business and property owners, including neighborhood residents, have all pitched in using their collective pride for the common purpose of revitalizing southern Scottsdale.

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The city has played an important role, too.

Two years ago, the Scottsdale City Council identified revitalizing the McDowell Road Corridor as the city’s number one strategic priority. Their leadership set the stage for a series of positive public-private activities. Following the first annual “McDowell Road Clean-Up Project” spearheaded by the non-profit Scottsdale Gateway Alliance, the city planted lush landscaping along McDowell and Scottsdale roads that were previously barren.

And the two major bridges in the southern part of the city on Thomas and McDowell roads were widened to make them safer for drivers and pedestrians.

In an effort to encourage businesses and residents to enhance their properties, the Scottsdale City Council recently approved a reduction in permit fees for residential and commercial development. Now property owners can more easily afford to make improvements.

As a resident of the Hacienda del Rey neighborhood, just one block north of McDowell Road on the east side of El Dorado Park, I believe the robust community spirit in southern Scottsdale is driving our commitment to help restore this historic area of the city to its place of prestige — including our neighborhoods, schools and job opportunities.

Who knows, perhaps southern Scottsdale could become the next Arcadia.

Dana Close owns and operates Close Community Concepts, a community relations firm, and lives in southern Scottsdale. Reach her at danaclosec3@gmail.com.

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