Friday, October 11, 2013

Photo: Indian Bend Wash Lake and Palm Trees

This is another typical view of the scenery on the Indian Bend Wash flood control greenbelt running through much  of the length of Scottsdale.

The height of these palm trees is a clue that the Indian Bend Wash project has been around for a while and is not new.  Date palm trees grow at the rate of about 1 foot per year, and these look to be about 50  feet tall.

That makes sense because Indian Bend Wash was planned during the 1960's.  Scottsdale insisted on the greenbelt as an alternative to the Corps of Engineers' plan to build a concrete channel that would have been 23 feet (7 m.) deep, 170 feet (51 m.) wide, 7 miles (11.3 km) long through the heart of Scottsdale.   That would have ruined the city.  Instead, the city achieved a treasured asset that people love and that enhances the property values of those who live nearby.

This week we have photos of a colorful tannery and madrasa in Fez, Morocco posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

2 comments: said...

I didn't know about the rate of growth of palm trees. It will be interesting now to be able to estimate how old they are from their height.

Sharon said...

A well thought out and constructed plan.

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