There was a house fire on Rancho Road several months ago. I don’t recall the exact date, but it happened within a day of the fatal shooting on Rancho Road.
The house that burned looks no different today than the day after the fire. Siding torn from the structure, insulation and other debris litter the property. Crime scene tape still drapes the perimeter.
Am I the only person that finds this strange? Why hasn’t the property been cleaned up and broken windows boarded up? Who is responsible? Does our town have no compliance regulations or codes that could be enforced?
This is just one of many properties in this town whose exteriors look like junkyards. It comes as no surprise to me that Arizona State University is dragging its feet as regards to building a college here.
If their representatives were to drive around town (and I’m sure they have), they couldn’t help but leave being unfavorably impressed.
We do not look like a college town. Perhaps the people who own these properties would prefer that a college not be here.
If anyone feels that this is not an issue, just take an hour or so and drive up and down the streets. Be sure to drive on the streets that are next to or very close to all our schools. It is quite frankly, embarrassing.
If we ever hope to land big businesses and higher education, we need to spruce up our image.