[OPINION] The loss of Scottsdale’s family-friendly housing

By Andrea Alley, Larry Kush and Mike Norton | Scottsdale Independent

While we hear lots of argument about how tall is “too tall” or how dense is “too dense,” very few candidates are talking about the real problem facing Scottsdale.

For 20 years, our city has been headed down a path that will, if not reversed soon, permanently end our history of being a family-friendly and resilient community. We suggest family-friendly development options that allow smaller lots throughout the regions where Scottsdale has abundant and even excess school capacity.

Without them it is inevitable that our city will age out while losing a large part of the resilient family-based economy that now supports us.

It has been almost 20 years since a family-friendly neighborhood was developed. With the exception of Windgate Ranch, most of the homes that families need and seek were built from the 1960s through the ‘90s.


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