We visited downtown Scottsdale today – to go to the market and then to see some the downtown. It is interesting to see the downtown of a city practically completely developed during the twentieth century.
There are, apparently, only about eight buildings pre-1930. So, It is a very new place and buildings get continually replaced. We had a very interesting discussion about this church we visited. It essentially became a derelict and was soon to be yet one more parking lot. It has been saved and restored – one of these eight surviving buildings.
There are few multi-story buildings downtown – most are one story buildings built in the latter half of the 20th century. To compete with the urban sprawl metro Phoenix is known for, downtown Scottsdale provides free and practically unlimited parking. It is really a very walkable town and, given the design of some of the roads, it offers real opportunities for them – such as their extensive arts district with the associated Thursday night art walks.