Old Town of Scottsdale, Arizona – our first pit stop on this grand escapade through the desert. Okay, I will admit, as a planner, I was at first skeptical of the greater Phoenix area, better known as the home of megasprawl. Old town Scottsdale, however, was the quite opposite. We stayed a few mere blocks from old town and relied on walking to get us to all of our daily and nightly destinations.
Old Town Scottsdale is a very quaint and charming part of the city. The whole area is very walkable and the streets are adorned with exquisite lighting fixtures, and lined with palm trees, eclectic stores, Navajo inspired jewelry stores, art galleries, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It seemed to be an area that attracts a wide range of age groups from spring training fanatics to your golfing enthusiasts.
As of recently, the district has been experiencing urban revival, with new condominiums and mixed use developments. Like many other cities, the city’s zoning ordinances allow for increased concentrations of mixed-use developments in order to encourage more sustainable living within this vital urban epicenter. It was also a surprise to learn that some of largest technology and healthcare companies are located in the area making it the city’s second largest employment center. Some of the companies include Yelp, Weebly, Aetna, and many others.
Having experienced Scottsdale through a happy tourist lens in a tourist heavy area, I wonder what the experiences are of those who reside in the greater area of Phoenix…
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