The PR people at Pulte are doing a great job of shifting everyone’s attention from the real culprit, Wilson Gee, to themselves as the new focal point in The Lakes debate. In an effort to make everyone forget the real issue, Gee’s reneged promise to maintain The Lakes as a golf course, and proclaiming the failure of the golf course as a done deal, they point to themselves as the only next step: the self-appointed “savior” to rescue us.
Folks, we are not there yet! Gee is still responsible for the golf course: he is still legally under contract to sustain it as such. The residents of Ahwatukee are still in the driver’s seat. If Pulte is able to talk 51 percent of the residents into their plan, we will lose not only the waterways, but most of the open space we now have. They say their plan is better than the city of Phoenix requirements, because it includes 38 percent open space. Let’s think about that. That means that we will be losing a majority (62 percent) of the open space that we currently have — a lot of open space. What will the resident’s gain? A lot more traffic, congestion, lowered property values, and a long extended construction mess which could last for years. What do we lose? Open space, the lakes, the fish, turtles, aquatic birds, golfing opportunities in your neighborhood, and a feeling that we live in a special place.
Think about it. If this plan goes forward, only Wilson Gee and Pulte are the winners; the residents, the people who actually live here, will be the big losers. We need to think outside this box that Pulte and Gee have created, and pursue a solution that actually benefits the residents of our community!