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1/2/2013 11:46:00 AM
Letter: Former resident: 'positive, personal' reasons to leave
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Editor:

I resided for 18 months in Dewey,  near the Prescott Golf and Country Club, only a chip shot from Prescott Valley.

For positive personal reasons I chose to relocate elsewhere - to Casa Grande, south of Phoenix.

The main negative reason for leaving was the aberration centered and surrounding PV. The activity and social behavior along Highway 69 between the entrance to Prescott Valley and the Prescott city limits is dangerous and haunting, and violates the most basic of human virtues - joyfulness, safety, security, and peace of mind.

Compelled to shop in PV for most of my needs, I found the layout of the town to be a result of poor city planning.

There's a frontage road of paint-weathered shops that stretch along Highway 69 like a string of Mississippi shanties. There's an entertainment area that boasts modern stucco buildings filled with a variety of stores, restaurants,and a worthy theatre. These two sections of PV don't jive. They co-exist.

Prescott Valley has no center, no heartbeat, no soul. It lacks identity, a positive image of things growing and good.

Highway 69 is an evil conglomeration of a deviously created speed traps, selfish drivers in big Ram trucks, elderly drivers who slowly pull out in front of cars in a 55 mph zone, and a dysfunctional stop light system that hinders the efficient flow of traffic. Embry-Riddle produced a document, "Hwy 69 Project," that showed that the fatality rate was more than double the national statistic.

The marketing "spin" on PV showed it was ranked high as an "emerging metropolitan city," with other high rankings in the aeas of "green" environmental sensitivity, and adult retirement. This only adds to the hodge-podge of poor city planning. Now it's the "haves" and the "have nots." (PV per capita income is 25 percent lower than the Arizona average. Household income 17 percent lower. Source: Trulia.com.) I won't go into the statistics about the the crime rate and drug-trafficking, as that would require enough print for a whole newspaper.

I was afraid to drive on Highway 69. My life and well-being are too important to risk what looms at every street corner.

Oh, yes, I had my identity stolen while I was there. The Sheriff's Office has a copy of a credit card transaction that shows that my "ID" was probably violated in a PV restaurant. Goodbye. Farewell.

R. Ahrens

Casa Grande


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Russ Ahrens

I'm the author of this article. I wish to thank the 17 participants who commented on it. The majority of you had similar feelings, all factually supporting your position. The majority of those who had differing comments allowed personal emotions to cloud any objectivity, They clearly did not read the article with an open mind. Several respondents believed that I didn't actively participate in the community, and only whined. To then I say -- I initiated and funded a program at the PV Vet Clinic where families can now privately euthanize their pet dogs -- I donated a van full of goods to the Food Bank (Dec. 2011). I was an active volunteer and a consultant to the fledgling D-H Historical Society. I wrote a novel, and created nearly 100 paintings. And I enjoyed my neighbors. Their comments lacked any factual input. I praise those who clearly stated the benefits of why they enjoyed PV. I accomplished my purpose in raising the awareness of those issues that are preventing PV from realizing its greatest potential. I was heartened to have PV Councilwoman, Mary Mallory, chime in to this debate. She has expressed great interest in establishing a dialogue around my article and the detrimental issues PV faces. I hope she and the town officials develop programs that address these issues with strategies that help to diminish their negative impact on the community. I suggested to Ms. Mallory that PV leadership communicate the actions of these strategies to the community at large on a regular basis, so the residents know that actions are being taken to enhance the quality of life in PV. Also, a vital contribution needs to come from the PV residents holding their town officials accountable, as well as personally getting involved in some activity that contributes to the well-being of PV. So, turn off the TV, put your Bud Light in the fridge, and get up off your sofas and help PV be the visionary community that it deserves to be.
Sincerely,

R. Ahrens


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Longtime PV Resident

Do you wonder if the people who complain about Prescott Valley ever have deigned to get involved in any activities, or join in anything that makes a community friendly?
The area offers so many different and positive opportunities, who has time to complain about traffic cameras? By the way, those cameras exist at an intersection where three schools converge, and where people still routinely and dangerously run the red light.
PV had only 5,000 residents, one paved street and one stoplight when I moved here 26 years ago. The rapid growth surprised me, but I think town officials have done a great job. People are friendly and concerned, and the schools provided my kids good preparation for college.
Anyone who doesn't want to stay, no warden is keeping you.


Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: Cory Saz

waaaa
See ya, bye, don't let there door hit ya on the way out.
Why did you feel the need to write a good bye whine? The roads are very well marked and signage shows speed limits. btw, there are no 55 mph zones in Prescott Valley other than driving on Hwy. 89, but you never mention driving on this road. You're poor attitude will follow you to Casa Grande and you will blame that town too.


Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: E Pluribus

Mr. or Ms. Ahrens: I could not have said it better! I moved here last spring and have experienced everything you mentioned in the article.

I have lived in many cities and never seen anything as dysfunctional as the Hwy 69 corridor you mention. There is absolutely no planning when it comes to housing or business location. Some turn lanes are half as long for the same speed limit. If you slow down to pull into one, the enraged drivers behind you go ballistic.

I complained about barking dogs when I moved here. They don't even respond to the complaint location. You have to fill out lengthy paperwork and have it signed by witnesses. After all of this they did nothing. When I called to inquire I was chided for not having what they deemed adequate documentation. One of the officers started screaming at me how busy she was. What a pathetic response for public employees.

I emailed the mayor and a city councilor to complain. Guess what? No response. I guess this is to be expected from a mayor that allows his police chief to masquerade as a one percenter biker on his time off.

If I decide to stay in this area, I will pay the premium to move west of the PV city line. This is the worst city I have ever lived in.


Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: Karen Feutz

People don't you get it? Drugs, crime, rude people are everywhere!!! If you don't want a speeding ticket...DON'T SPEED! You know where the cameras are so slow down. We moved from the Payson area to Dewey. I will take this area any day over Payson. There are many more choices for shopping, eating out, going to the movies, outdoor activities etc. As for drugs, crime etc do you think Casa Grande is better? I used to work in Casa Grande and I would never live there. Way more crime, traffic, horrific drivers in the Valley than up here. Good luck, hope this makes you happy.

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Really? See Ya!

I've lived several places through out Arizona and by far do I think PV is the worst. Of course there is always room for improvement, as with any small town. But in all honesty, my family and I have been here for about 12 years and I have no desire to live elsewhere. If you are truly that miserable, then see ya! One less negative for us! Oh ya....and good luck in Casa Grande....lmao

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: SO TRUE

You are so right. PV is corrupted and a dirty town. It lacks anything beautiful that is was 20 years ago. People are nasty, the traffic is terrible, and the looks have been destroyed by 'expensive architecture buildings' that really made this town look horrendous. The drugs and crime are so out of control, it is no place to raise a child either. We are looking elsewhere also and cant wait to leave this arm pit of Arizona.

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Whatever .

We moved here 12 years ago and I have experienced none of what you state. Sure there are things I would like to be different, but nothing that drives me to want to move away. In economics and geography we talk about push and pull factors when we talk about why people leave. There is only 1 push factor for me and that is employment opportunities and that applies to the whole tri-city area.

I find PV to be a comfortable place to live with generally nice folks. I too live in Dewey and the one thing that infuriates me about that is the fact that most people drive under the speed limit between PV and here, so I am not sure what you are talking about.

Enjoy Casa Grande. That is, without a doubt, a place I would never relocate to.

As for the rest of you...since you still live here - get involved and fix what you don't like or shut the heck up.


Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Laurel Tayon

Wow, as an Arizona Native and lived in Prescott since 2nd grade, and now in PV and happy, i am surprised at the negativity. I believe our town does a great job on the infrastructure and growing it. I served on the General Plan Committee to be a part of growing it. No I don't like the cameras but i have not had a ticket as of yet lived here since 2000. I traveled around the military as a soldier and then a wife, we had a saying when the Army gives you weeds, make them into flowers, hope you enjoy the hot temps, the crime (that we don't have) and the really ugliness of that area, thanks Arizona Native

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: angela baker

We have been researching this community as a possible relocation opportunity for my fiance's employment. As I have researched this town for three months now I never read anything good. This is very deterring for newcomers. We originally were excited to move closer to family and experience growth in a new community.Excited to start a new life and make new friends along with being a part of a growing community.
At this time I can honestly say I am second guessing our decision to move here. I am aware that all communities have their town issues, but speed traps, corrupt government, excessive drugs and crime, lack of employment and disgruntled residents are not selling PV.


Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: alf landon

Yeah, the reasons stated are pretty much the same for us.

We avoid PV whenever possible. It is the most undesirable city of its size we have ever experienced, rivaled in its dysfunctionality only by Quartzsite..


Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Casa Grande?

You feel safer in Casa Grande where the drug lords control the corridor from I -8 south to Mexico? Where there are signs warning people to stay out of the area?

It sounds like you just didn't do your homework before moving to PV and clearly not before moving to Casa Grande.


Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013
Article comment by: Truth Please

Prescott Valley has but one thing going for it, It has the name Prescott in it!!! I can't wait to move over the hill to Everybody's home town. and shake the dust of PV from my shoes!! At least Prescott has a heart and soul. PV is nothing more than a poor collection of STRIP MALLS. The stench of corruption is nauseating.

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Reed R.

I agree, PV is an ugly city planning remnant sale with giant, unwelcoming, speed trap right through it's heart.

Beautiful area, nice people, but a sprawling afterthought of a town.


Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: John Jones

In the span of 8 months.
- 2 speeding tickets
- identity theft
- house broken into
There's some bad mojo in P.V
As soon as I sell the house, I am gone.
Good luck



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