Any water feature seems to really add to a community whether it is a river, lake or ocean. Towns like Scottsdale and San Antonio, where such things don’t occur naturally have had to get creative in creating a “waterfront”.
This area of Scottsdale has changed a lot since we first visited this region 4 years ago. Back then, this area was completely under construction. Last year it was finished, but not much of the landscaping had grown in. Now, it really is a nice little waterfront with outdoor restaurants, galleries and residential towers. It is a big change from the sprawling, low density development that has typically taken place in this region.
Downtown Phoenix has changed even more. Four years ago everything was torn up thanks to the addition of a mass transit rail system, construction of additional convention facilities and office buildings. Today, all those projects are complete, and it is a nice improvement.