What a Butte!

Developers and anti-growth activists want a piece of Tempe's mythical mountain

Martelli and other opponents of MCW's plan concede that they missed that one, too.

But, then, so did the city. The guidelines being generated for Hayden Ferry South won't apply to the development just across the street to the north.

Tempe Butte and the remains of the Hayden flour mill are among the city's most cherished historic sites
Paolo Vescia
Tempe Butte and the remains of the Hayden flour mill are among the city's most cherished historic sites

"It kind of makes you wonder," says Ralph Risoli, a developer who opposes the densities proposed for the area. "What good does it do to save the Butte if they're going to build 12 or 15 stories in front of it?"

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