Interesting/surprising news out of Scottsdale, as the City Council has approved a new seven-story project by Modernist developer/architect, David Hovey.

Not that Scottsdale hasn't always been friendly to real estate developers.

However, this is a city that has always slavishly promoted growing out rather than up to "preserve it's residential character and scenic desert mountain views." Nevermind that suburban sprawl has led most of said mountains to be pockmarked by hideous "McMansions," while a three-story building is just as effective at blocking the view as you walk or even drive around town.

Now, after seeing the flood of redevelopment in downtown Scottsdale that followed the council's decision to ease its stringent height restrictions, such as the dual 13-story condo towers at the Scottsdale Waterfront and the seven-story W Scottsdale, the City Council seems to have warmed to the idea of having a more urban downtown. Or maybe they're just happy anyone wants to break ground in this economy.

Learn more about the Hovey project which will replace the abandoned Orchidtree apartments at 68th street and Camelback.

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