on residents' wish lists?
photo radar among items
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 3, 2006
Foothills may be a great place to live, but residents have plenty of ideas on
how to make it even better.
We asked people, "If you could change one thing about the community in
2006, what would it be?"
The answers ranged from the basic (photo radar, school improvements) to the
grandiose (a pedestrian-friendly hub like Mill Avenue or Kierland Commons). And,
of course, the proposed South Mountain Freeway route came up a few times, with
people like Alexander Rodgers, 33, wishing it would just go away.
other transportation desires, Pete Kahn, 44, wants to see the quality of the
bike paths improved so more people would ride instead of driving cars
"It seems like a shame with the beautiful weather we have here," he
And Vanessa Capizzi, 20, wants more photo radar.
"People are constantly running red lights," she said.
Two people wished for more pedestrian centers, with Dan Viza, 46, and Tom
Mulhern, 23, both envisioning a shopping and dining hub where folks can stroll
through something other than a parking lot.
Mulhern would build a "cool artistic community where creative people could
come," he said. "We could have art and cool little coffee shops and
restaurants and used-book stores."
Viza also likes the idea of something like Kierland Commons, with courtyards and
spaces for shopping, dining and living.
"The first time I went up there I thought, 'This is it,' " he said.
But it's really small-scale, he added, and he'd like the whole community to be
pedestrian-friendly. He also wants to see more entertainment.
"I hate driving all the way to Scottsdale, or Tempe for that matter, to
listen to live music," Viza said.
Kellie Jenkins, 18, said she would give more money to the schools for activities
and to improve their appearance.
"Desert Vista needs a pool," she said. "Mountain Pointe, if
you've ever seen the school, it's not so pretty."
John Wacker, 67, wants to see free Internet access for the community and the
whole country, for that matter.
"Being able to have access to information and process information improves
our competitiveness" in the world marketplace, he said.
Finally, Dana Nelson, 55, would like housing prices to fall so she can trade in
her condo for a house.
"But I can't complain," she said, "because the community is so
popular that the houses have kept their value and increased in value."
She wants to scrap the proposed freeway, and said, "I want it to remain the
world's largest cul-de-sac and be a lovely little neighborhood as it has