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Sunday’s potpourri on wet side

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Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2007 1:12 am | Updated: 5:43 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Welcome again to Scarp’s Scottsdale Sunday brunch, a review of the week’s news where there’s soooo much to choose from. Strangely, nobody ever goes back for seconds ...

Read Mark Scarp’s blog, “Scarpsdale,” at

• It’s been a wet week in Scottsdale. The Tribune reported that north Scottsdale was struck fiercely enough by flowing water and mud from monsoon storms that a school was devastated just before classes are to reconvene for the fall term. And the Marriott at Desert Ridge Resort’s water park and three restaurants also were flooded.

The restaurants and water park reopened, but the school will have to wait a couple of months.

The southern part of Scottsdale is protected by storm sewers and the Indian Bend Wash greenbelt. In its northern reaches, though, washes are in mostly natural states. It’s uncertain whether many people living and working there consider that fact often enough.

• The combination of street flooding and street construction has made traveling on stretches of Scottsdale Road between Camelback Road and Loop 101 an exercise in advanced orange-cone-and-barricade dodging. At least these situations are just a matter of days. Imagine what it would be like if light rail were going in.

• Yet another longtime city official has resigned, the Tribune reported. Citizen and neighborhood resources general manager Judy Register resigned Thursday to take a similar job in Chandler.

It wasn’t long ago that Scottsdale was where officials from other cities wanted to work, heck, where they wanted to work until they retired. So, uh, what happened?

• Tovrea Castle in east Phoenix is being purchased and renovated by city bond funds approved by voters and is being readied for touring by late next year, the Tribune reported.

That we have this landmark to enjoy is welcome news, given that several years ago it faced purchase and demolition for what would have been lucrative light industrial uses. Today, preservationists’ wish to restore the 1928 “yellow birthday cake building” everybody has passed by and wondered about is about to come true.

A thought, though: What do we consider designating as “historic” today? In Scottsdale, it’s been tract-home subdivisions. I know, I know, they have significance. But, sorry, they’re not Tovrea Castle.

• Downtown Scottsdale is blossoming with new bars and stores and more condos, with city downtown director John Little telling the Tribune that “the season” starts somewhat earlier each year.

He’s right. It’s getting to the point where it’s as tough to get a table downtown in August as in April. (That’s inside, of course. There’s still plenty of patio seating in August.)

• Scottsdale parents and clergy both have something to look forward to in eight days: School starting. Classes and pews will be filling again soon.

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