Some people around Phoenix, and elsewhere, love to hate Scottsdale.
However, we can't agree with them. There are many reasons to love Scottsdale, and here are our top 10:
-Top 10 Reasons to Love Phoenix
10.) Celebrity Spotting
Actors, musicians, and professional athletes are frequently spotted around Scottsdale. The ones who live here shop at many of the same stores the rest of us do. We've even spotted one popular local athlete at the Walmart in North Scottsdale.
9.) The Dirty
People love to give grief to Nik Richie and TheDirty.com (originally DirtyScottsdale.com). Think about this, though: Gossiping about what's going on in Scottsdale caught on so much that it morphed into a fairly popular website with people across the country. If anything, it shows that Scottsdale's a bit of a trend-setter, for better or for worse. Even a former Congressman representing Scottsdale was revealed as a former writer for the Dirty.
8.) Non-Stereotypical Scottsdale
Of course, some people love to hate Scottsdale, calling it "Snobsdale." Sure, Scottsdale might be home to the Phoenix area's nouveau riche, but it ain't all McMansions. Some Scottsdale residents live in *gasp* cheap apartments, and some even live in *bigger gasp* trailer parks. There's a lot more to Scottsdale than things you'll find in Jetset magazine.
7.) One-of-a-Kind Sports Experiences
No pro teams play their games in Scottsdale, but it's a good place to be for sports fans. First, the Phoenix Coyotes practice in Scottsdale, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have spring training there (it's technically on Indian land, but it's in Scottsdale). A couple of other MLB teams have spring training in Scottsdale, too. Some less-mainstream sporting also can be found in Scottsdale, including a rodeo and other horse-related events at Westworld, plus a polo tournament. There's also the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, which is unlike any other golf tournament, and more.
6.) Food, Drink, and Hotels
There are unique food and drink experiences to find all over Scottsdale (check out New Times' Pocket Guide to Scottsdale for more information on that). There's also a weird dynamic with the hotels -- even people who live in and around Scottsdale go to the hotels, whether it be for weddings, stay-cations, trips to the pool, or whatever else.
5.) Everything's New
Fine, not everything, but many things in the city, including the buildings and roads, even some of the breasts, looks like they were built yesterday. Much of the city is very clean and maintained, which really classes up the joint.
4.) Songs About Scottsdale
A key to loving Scottsdale is accepting that's there plenty to poke fun of (see reason number nine to love Scottsdale, the Dirty.) That includes Chronic Future's "Scottsdale," making fun of wannabe gangstas, and local DJ Craven Moorehead's "Scottsdale Bars." The accuracy of some parts of the "Scottsdale Bars" song punches you right in the Scottsdale, but the parodies are a reason to love it, not hate it.
3.) Second Chances
Scottsdale's city motto really ought to be "the home of second chances." Romantically, that is. Let's cut to the chase: We're talking about hot moms/divorcées. Sure, there might be a little plastic surgery involved, but so what? It's only helping the romance market grow.
The roads of Scottsdale can be like a traveling car show at times. Consider the following:
Number of Pagani Zondas I've seen in Scottsdale neighborhoods: 1
Number of Pagani Zondas I've seen anywhere else: 0
Hang out around the Scottsdale Airpark, and you'll probably spot a car you've never seen outside of the Internet or TV.
Additionally, there's no evidence to prove this, but there may be fewer door-dings per capita in Scottsdale than the rest of the Valley. If you park your car somewhere in say, Tempe, there's a decent chance someone's going to park well over the line next to you, and swing open the door to their rusty 1987 GMC Safari van like they're a raging bull slamming out of the gates at a rodeo, not giving a damn about your precious vehicle. In Scottsdale, specifically the northern regions of Scottsdale, the number of people who don't want their pristine doors nicked, chipped, and dented seems to be exponentially higher. And that's a good thing.
1.) Old Town
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Old Town Scottsdale is the reason the "Scottsdale Bars" song exists, and it's also why everyone should love Scottsdale. If the wide range of bars and clubs is your thing, then we rest our case. But there's much, much more to Old Town. There are great places to eat, cool galleries, theaters, museums, shop, and more. Good God, there's a place where you can get drunk and learn to paint at the same time. If you can't find at least one reason to love Old Town, you're messin' up.
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