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Old 08-21-2012, 10:53 AM
Location: Arizona!
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Originally Posted by AZ4metoo View Post
It's been exactly 1 yr since I moved to FH, so anything I say must be taken in the context that I'm still a newbie. That said, I can confirm that Four Peaks elementary has closed and the town's population has declined a bit while the median age has risen a bit.

In my humble, newbie opinion I think there's a struggle going on: do we want to be a bedroom community determined to maintain the desert environment (no street lights, etc) OR do we want to be a tourist attraction? Although we attempt to make strides toward the 2nd case, the 1st seems to overrule. Also, I'm confounded by some of the thinking here. For example, the town is now struggling with plans to construct a 12 screen theater, while we are not able to support much of the retail we have now. (A few restaurants had to close completely, and others close for the summer or cut back hours.) Personally, I can't see how such a large theater complex could be successful.

I'm retired, but even I must say it is very quiet here...nothing much going on after 7P! However...and the saving grace for me...it's a very quick jaunt to Scottsdale. I timed myself from Maggiano's on Scottsdale & FLW to my door in the center of FH and it took 22 min during rush hour...5:20P! The views here are spectacular, the likes of which you can only get in Scottsdale if you trek to the far north. Another plus, I'm 20 no-traffic minutes to Saguaro lake.

Property values are rising and in my opinion investment here in the right vehicle is not a bad idea if done shrewdly.

I have not heard of plans for a community college.
I think the population decrease is seasonal. I've not heard or seen anything to indicate more people permanently moving out than in.

I personally think a 12-screen theater is ridiculous. A 4 or 6 screen theater might work out. But I guess their line of reasoning is the incremental cost difference between 6 and 12 isn't that great- all the infrastructure costs are going to be present with 6 so you might as well build it a little bigger.

We support the local restaurants but it wouldn't surprise me that some are going to close. There's a few that aren't run very well. We were disappointed when the gelato place by the lake closed. Hard to imagine how a DQ couldn't do really well here.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:28 AM
Location: Fountain Hills, AZ
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Originally Posted by observer53 View Post
?? It looks open to me... Fountain Hills - Four Peaks: Calendar
Four Peaks Elementary, consisting of grades 4 & 5, was relocated to the Four Peaks Middle School Campus. Technically, it still exists in a new location...so you're correct . This explains why you found a calendar for this year. The campus that once housed Four Peaks Elementary was closed in 2011.
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