Opinion: What’s the big deal about 56th Street in Paradise Valley?

Other than being a vehicle for hyping the sale of units for the new Mountain Shadows project, I don’t understand all the broo-ha-ha about the refurbishing of the two blocks of 56th Street between McDonald Road and Lincoln Drive.

It seems to me that it is just another street repair, albeit a multi-million dollar one.
I also don’t understand the red steel beam bus stop structure that has been plopped in the middle of the street. An offering to some pagan God?

It might be that a couple of big shade trees would have provided shade and been more aesthetically  pleasant. However, back when it was first built, there were curmudgeons like me in France who thought that the Eiffel Tower was a botch.

Perhaps this steel beam thing will take on the same “iconic” aura as the Eiffel Tower.

The slightly curved sidewalks…  Was the designer trying to achieve a carioca curve? The ever so slight curve in the sidewalk makes it look like the surveyor had too much to drink that morning.

Seems like a lot of money and effort for a two block street re-do. Grade for the ”iconic” 56th Street redo: C-plus.

Editor’s note: Mr. Miller is a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley

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