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Linking Our Tradition with Vision Mayor Mary Manross

Members of the City Council, Honored Guests, and Fellow Citizens:

Tonight I am proud to report that the state of our city is strong, and getting stronger.

I chose this extraordinary location for the 2008 State of the City speech for two reasons.

  • First, this place demonstrates in very real terms what we can do when we make a sustained commitment to a vision, but allow enough room for diverse and creative solutions to emerge. The success of our Downtown is the result of the work of many people, over many years. We did not always agree on every detail, but our vision was focused and far-sighted. Just 10 short years ago our Downtown was showing signs of real decline. Not anymore! Today our Downtown is what other cities aspire to!
  • Second, this place ties our community together - literally and figuratively.

To paraphrase the words of President Ronald Reagan: Scottsdale is too great a city to dream small dreams.

We stand on a bridge that ties Scottsdale Fashion Square and the Waterfront development to Southbank and the rest of our historic and successful Downtown.

Recently, this bridge was the epicenter of a celebration linking Scottsdale to the world. ESPN broadcast here for a full week prior to the Super Bowl. Downtown Scottsdale was the location of choice for parties, fashion shows and festivals leading up to the big game. Our revitalized Downtown was viewed daily by millions of viewers worldwide. The Wall St. Journal, in talking about the focus on Scottsdale during the Super Bowl, said "What game?"

The view from here to the northeast ties together the striking diversity of this city. In the distance, you see the McDowell Mountains, the centerpiece of our beautiful McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a vast area, larger than the city of San Francisco, that represents one third of our entire city that we are committed to preserving for present and future generations. In the foreground, the Waterfront and Southbank developments flank a century-old canal. This is really where the old and new meet in the rebirth of an area that was once considered little more than a service alley.

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