By Lorraine Longhi | Arizona Republic
Scottsdale leaders are considering replacing the city flag, which features its iconic seal of a mounted cowboy on a white background. The move has been controversial, as many see the cowboy as emblematic of Scottsdale’s roots.
The city was dubbed “the West’s Most Western Town” decades ago, and a ride through Old Town Scottsdale still showcases cowboy signs and horses. Many of the buildings have Western facades, including Scottsdale’s first post office and the Sugar Bowl ice cream parlor.
But, as Councilwoman Virginia Korte has pointed out, the city is changing.
A design for a potential new flag, featuring a saguaro blossom, is a testament to the significance of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Korte said.