Rose: Bad plan for a great town

Mayor Michael Collins often refers to Paradise Valley as the best small town in America. He may be right. Fantastic resorts. No property tax.  No power lines. Low density. A beautiful setting. It doesn’t get much better.

But there’s another reason too: those who serve on the town council. From captains of industry to educators and entrepreneurs there’s no shortage of talent to make good decisions on the community’s behalf. The current Governor, Doug Ducey, even hails from Paradise Valley.

Jason Rose

Jason Rose

Over the years big policy decisions by the town council have been implemented impressively by town staff. There have been few places where they’ve shined better than public works.

Remember what Doubletree used to look like before the terrific thoroughfare it now is?  Or the Tatum Curve? Or 56th Street?  Or McDonald?

Those of us who drive McDonald regularly can become immune to this amazing avenue. Incredible homes. Camelback Mountain. The Praying Monk. To use it around sunset any day of the week is to know you are uniquely somewhere, fortunate to be on one of the best roadways in the state.

Unfortunately, a wayward town consultant is suggesting McDonald now be radically changed to allow wannabe Lance Armstrongs to cycle better through the town. One particularly objectionable plan calls for ripping out the medians that help give McDonald its signature status so speeding cyclists don’t have the oh-so-tough chore of using sidewalks that families and other recreationists do.

What’s next? Building a tram up Mummy Mountain? Making Lincoln a state highway? That cycling lobby must be awfully influential to convince a taxpayer paid consultant to suspend common sense and spend dollars on something so ridiculous.

Fortunately, councilpersons-elect Pace, Moore and others are already sounding the alarm. This is encouraging and in keeping in the tradition of a town council that almost always seems to counsel the right direction for what truly is the best small town in the country.

Editor’s Note: Mr. Rose is a Paradise Valley resident and President of Rose+Moser+Allyn Public & Online Relations in Scottsdale.

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