Originally Published: November 14, 2017 6 a.m.
Many letters have been written about the pending developments near the airport, to the west (Deep Well) and the south (Arizona Eco and Walden Ranch), most against, a few in favor. Those “in favor” tend to follow two arguments: “growth is good and necessary” and “well, you anti-growth people have no right to complain since you yourself moved here.”
The first is obviously true generally, but how-much/how-fast is always the question. The second argument is patently false and merely seeks to shut down the debate by implying shameful hypocrisy on the part of those who warn against excessive growth.
Scale is the issue. A gentle rain can be easily absorbed and benefit the landscape where a flood would be devastating, washing away all that makes life good. Prescott’s air is still sweet. Roads and local events are getting crowded but are still manageable. Open space is still close by, providing opportunity for both physical and mental relief from life’s stress, but it’s filling up fast. Pronghorn sightings are still possible, though less frequent than even just a few years ago.
City and county governments need to pause for the cause and not allow developers’ professional presentations and overly rosy projections kill the golden goose that is the lovely town of Prescott.