I found this excellent slide show demo of subdivision growth in the Phoenix metropolitan area, that covers the years 1905 through 2007. Whether you grew up in the "Valley of the Sun", just moved here, or are thinking about it, it's amazing to see how quickly and where these major growth spurts have occured, especially in the past 35 years. … [Read more...] about Phoenix’s Amazing Growth from 1905-2007
Phoenix has a pretty incredible park system that give hikers a chance to hike some pretty amazing desert terrain close to home. Last Sunday, I hiked Cholla Trail up the tail of Camelback Mountain. It's a challenging hike and well worth the time, if you are in condition, start early in the day, and bring plenty of water. From the top, you have 360 degree … [Read more...] about Hiking in the City
Dave Hill, with Buyers & Sellers Home Inspections LLC, is a local home inspector that I've worked with many times in the past. He's prepared the following list that he shares with home owners to review in preparation for the home inspection. Make sure all interior and exterior light fixtures work. If an outdoor fixture bulb is out, the inspector has … [Read more...] about How to Pass a Home Inspection
Fresh off the press from City of Scottsdale's email update: Scottsdale's Community Design Studio, in collaboration with the ASU School of Design and Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory, is hosting a series of free community lectures to explore issues related to design, architecture, economics and sustainability. Here's the schedule: Sept. 27 -Dan Hoffman, … [Read more...] about Scottsdale Community Design Center Lecture Series
The newspaper said the weather patterns changed at 6 p.m. Tuesday, but I think it was the day before. Monday evening, all the convertibles had their tops down, and it's been months since it's been cool enough for that! The summers in Phoenix are hot. There's no doubt about that. Some people (me) love the summer, although by September, 110 degrees does … [Read more...] about On a Clear Day
The City of Scottsdale's Economic Vitality Office, in collaboration with the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Maricopa Community Colleges and the Small Business Development Center, has scheduled a free four session workshop entitled "Starting & Staying in Business". The classes are scheduled weekly beginning October 16, from 4-6 p.m. at the Granite … [Read more...] about Starting a New Business in Scottsdale?
Today, I watched a City of Scottsdale truck driving down the wrong side of the street in my neighborhood, lifting up the lids and looking into each trash can. Weird. So, I pulled over and stopped to talk with the driver. Frank told me that "yes, he was the trash police", and that his job was to make sure residents were bagging their trash, and that there … [Read more...] about OMG… Trash Police? In Scottsdale?
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved the lowest overall county-controlled property tax rate in the last 28 years. The county controlled property tax rate impacts about 15% of the property owner's tax bill. The action was taken in response to the sharp increase in property values experienced during the past several years. Read the Press … [Read more...] about Maricopa County Tax Rate Reduced