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Scarp: Ah, the sounds of progress: Gurrrgurrr, ka-thack-ka-thack

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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2008 3:08 am | Updated: 11:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Welcome again to Scarp’s Scottsdale Sunday brunch, where there’s soooo much to choose from. Strangely, nobody ever goes back for seconds ...

• Gurrrgurrrgurrrgurrr. Ka-thack-ka-thack-ka-thack-ka-thack.

Read Mark Scarp's blog, 'Scarpsdale'

The Arizona Department of Transporation’s work on Loop 101 to add a high-occupancy-vehicle lane is only a few months along, but already there’s one thing about it that’s got to be driving motorists crazy, even crazier knowing how many more months there are to go until it’s finished.

I’m talking about how they ground down about an inch or so of pavement to remove the old white lines and reflectors to temporarily move and restripe the roadway about four or five feet to the right.

So if you’re in the far-right lane, it’s just where your passenger-side tires want to go, right into that groove and right over those indentations.

Gurrrgurrgurrrgurrr, goes the little trench left by the former solid white line.

Ka-thack-ka-thack-ka-thack-ka-thack-ka-thack, go the little holes where those white reflector bumps once were. Such a pleasant trip.

I think it’s a speeding-inhibition device included on purpose.

Well, it’s working, ADOT, it’s really, really, really working.

Gurrrgurrrgurrgurr. No, now that’s the sound of my teeth grinding. Gurrgurrgurr.

• Light rail in Scottsdale remains as dead as ever, which is hardly any big shakes because it never lived.

Just because many residents don’t trust the City Council doesn’t mean council members are going turn on the high voltage and then light-rail’s corpse will rise, Frankensteinlike, from its cold slab.

It may just seem that way if you listen to Councilman Bob Littlefield, who last Tuesday expressed anew his view that if he doesn’t play Beowulf and dispatch the monster, it will run amok down Scottsdale Road and devour old people and little children.

Yes, light rail remains as dead as ever. Littlefield had nothing to do with this, although it’s plain that he really, really, really wants to.

• Councilman Jim Lane is expected to make official Monday a run for mayor against two-term incumbent Mary Manross.

Lane’s smart, dedicated and capable, but despite some quite different votes on issues than those cast by Manross the contest wouldn’t offer much of a contrast to the typical voter.

Manross’ nemesis these past months has been attorney and activist Jim Derouin, who even challenged Manross to debate land preservation, among other issues, some months back. She didn’t take him up on it.

Derouin has talked about running against Manross, but promised to stand down if Lane ran.

Why does hardly anybody want this job? Well, that’s another column entirely.

• Yes, yes, that marathon today (its name is too long for inclusion here) is a big event that puts the Valley on the map, attracts tourism, blah, blah.

But whatever spending all those visitors are doing, plenty of locals, like me, are staying home with their money for half-a-day to avoid the mess.

That guy you might see cheering on the runners this morning could be me, trying to make them pass through my part of town much faster.

“Go! Go!” I’d say. “Go, already!” Gurrrgurrrgurrr ...

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