Line in the sand: Scottsdale Desert EDGE quandary shapes local perception

Desert Discovery Center
Desert Discovery Center
Gateway Trailhead at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

By Terrance Thornton | Scottsdale Independent

The simmering debate over whether or not to build a desert-appreciation venue near the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve has finally reached city council chambers.

During their first public study session to review the initial proposal, council members quickly moved the discussion to a new debate: should voters be allowed to determine the final fate of the building.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane held steadfast to his word during the Sept. 26 study session. He pledged to pursue a public vote of some kind to offer residents an opportunity to have their voices heard regarding the creation of a desert-appreciation venue.

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