growth caused problem
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 25, 2006 12:00 AM
The Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning
Committee, represented by Laurel Arndt ("Pecos alignment wrong then,
now," Jan. 24), is forgetting its roots. The world's largest cul-de-sac and
the rest of the Foothills region are some of the first suspects when
investigating the crime of "induced growth' and "induced
I am an Arizona native and I grew up in south Tempe. When the Ahwatukee area was
developed, most of the locals wondered how all those people were going to get to
work. The answer, of course, is they didn't. At least, not without mile-long
traffic backups and hour-long delays. The result was a bunch of whining
Ahwatukee residents screaming for a new freeway to solve a problem they created
themselves. Twenty-plus years later, they want to shut the gate behind them and
leave ADOT out of the process.
You can't have your all-white turkey and eat it, too.
This means you can't complain about the
destruction of natural resources and Native American culture if your house sits
in the middle of what was once pristine Sonoran Desert, or if the streets of
your Pleasantville drain nicely into sculptured retention basins instead of the
original washes and arroyos. You have no business speaking of smarter citizens
when the entire subdivision exists of people who commute double-digit mileage,
twice a day, just to get out of the neighborhood and onto the freeway.
Freeways are part of living in an urban environment. I am pleased that ADOT
plans a 10-lane facility through the area, since the rest of the East Valley
suffered (suffers?) through incremental improvements to the Superstition
I am also very happy ADOT decided to ignore the Gila River Indian Community when
deciding on the route. Perhaps Ms. Arndt is from somewhere else, so she may not
remember another tribe holding Pima Road hostage a few decades ago. If they want
a freeway bad enough, they can open up the slot machine till and build it
The final irony of the whole discussion? There would be no need for a freeway
alignment through Ahwatukee if Ahwatukee didn't exist.
J. D. Williams