Tempe Butte is an island of rock in the midst of a city, a volcanic and sedimentary bump that rises barely 300 feet above downtown Tempe. Yet to an increasingly vocal crowd of locals, the Butte -- also known as "A" Mountain and Hayden Butte -- looms as the latest battleground over urban growth and the use of public spaces in one of the Valley's fastest-growing downtown areas.At issue is whether a longtime Tempe developer will be allowed to wrap an 11-acre patch of stores, theaters, offices and a small hotel around the northwest flank of the Butte, part of which has been a city park for... More >>>