Scottsdale vs. The World

A list: what makes Scottsdale unlike anywhere else I’ve lived:

  • Nobody cleans their own house. Or mows their own lawn
  • Nobody changes their own oil–much less does their own auto repair
  • There’s a dry cleaners in every shopping complex
  • There are no local businesses. Only chains. Restaurants being the sole exception
  • There are no good coffee shops. Only Starbucks
  • Scottsdale’s culture centers around dining at trendy places, shopping (or, more accurately, buying), and parenting
  • There’s seemingly no virtue associated with “good honest work”
  • If you’re going to rent, you’re going to live in an apartment (rental houses are few and far between). If you’re in an apartment, its likely owned and managed by a national property management company–not somebody’s dad
  • People drink Bud Light or Coors Light. There are TWO microbreweries in the 4.2 million people strong Phoenix valley that bottle their beer (compared with … 6? in and around Bozeman)
  • You drive a BMW, not a Subaru
  • Nobody puts bumper stickers on their cars. And, cars are ALWAYS clean. You never see a dirty car (except for mine, of course…)
  • Instead of bumper stickers, people seem more likely to get tattoos. Or plastic surgery
  • Nobody bikes as a means of transportation

Hrm. That’s a start. It scratches at the surface.

Random facts about Scottsdale / Phoenix / Arizona:

  • Phoenix population in 1960: 726,183
  • Phoenix population in 2008: 4,281,899
  • Scottsdale is 90.18% white
  • Phoenix proper is 52.2% white and 41.3% Hispanic or Latino
  • The average home value in my zip code is $540,000. The median home value in nearby 85262 is $1,102,500
  • 50% of Arizona home owners are in negative equity

About Mark Egge

Two truths and a lie: Mark Egge is an outdoor enthusiast, opera singer, and a transportation data scientist. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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3 Responses to Scottsdale vs. The World

  1. Jade Robbins says:

    Sounds. . . . interesting. I especially like the “Scotsdale 90% White, Pheonix Proper 52% white”. Gives some insight into your list of observations.

    Side note about how different Scottsdale/Pheonix is than Bozeman: Yesterday I went hiking up at Hyalite and was in snow up to my thigh.

  2. markegge says:

    O sur, Jade. Just rub it in.

    For what it’s worth, though, it’s like a perfect Bozeman summer day right now. Doors are wide open, and I’m definitely barefoot in shorts.

  3. Dave says:

    How can you be surviving with only two microbrewries, Bozeman is set to get another brewery in January (just so you know), and homebrewing is going well, just about to try my first hard cider. Nice desert pictures, but I couldn’t handle it if the temperature wasn’t in the 20s today.