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(AZ Family)   This community on the outskirts of Phoenix has it all: Large homes on spacious lots, scenic vistas, and decorative ponds filled with water only slightly cleaner than raw sewage. "I can't even jog through there anymore"   (azfamily.com) divider line 47
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2013-05-15 11:32:31 AM
come for the view, stay for the flies.
 
2013-05-15 11:33:31 AM
You live in Phoenix.  There's not supposed to be any standing water there.  Stop trying to make it something that it's not.
 
2013-05-15 11:34:08 AM
www.findadeath.com

//Oblig in any Phoenix thread
 
2013-05-15 11:34:14 AM
Nothing like a shallow pond of sewage on a 105 degree day.
 
2013-05-15 11:35:01 AM
POOP THREAD!
 
2013-05-15 11:36:56 AM
If you're looking for an experience, look no further - Phoenix's hottest club is TRASH. As you step through the stainless steel door of this Meatpacking hotspot, you'll be greeted by none other than Pierre, the Muslim Elvis impersonator. This club has everything: clones, freaks, sneezing, a Russian man on a prepaid cell phone, and anyone can get in. There's no password. At the door, just do the Cosby Face.
 
2013-05-15 11:37:00 AM
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

/oblig
 
2013-05-15 11:38:05 AM
Why would you make a "decorative water feature" in Phoenix? To show your development has more money than taste or common sense?
 
2013-05-15 11:38:15 AM
Approves

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2013-05-15 11:38:29 AM

FrancoFile: You live in Phoenix.  There's not supposed to be any standing water there.  Stop trying to make it something that it's not.


This. Why would anyone think large decorative ponds in the middle of the freaking desert is a good idea? It's like living in Maine and planting palm trees in your backyard.
 
2013-05-15 11:38:46 AM
Crappy place has crappy water.
 
2013-05-15 11:39:10 AM

ChipNASA: POOP THREAD!


Poop deck:
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

(this isn't as much fun as I thought it would be)
 
2013-05-15 11:41:44 AM
To be fair, a lot of water in the Phoenix area is barely cleaner than raw sewage. But that's what happens when dirt gets everywhere.
 
2013-05-15 11:45:47 AM

tuna fingers:
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
/oblig

Oh yes.
 
2013-05-15 11:45:49 AM
As a native Zonie, I believe I speak for many when I say...stop trying to make this place look like Milwaukee. It's a desert: enjoy its stark beauty; if you have to landscape, plant a xeriscape; and get rid of the freaking ponds.
 
2013-05-15 11:48:59 AM
"I can't even jog through there anymore. It makes you gag," nearby resident Heather Bartlett said.

Heather didn't mind gagging the other night, if you know what I mean... and I think you do.
 
2013-05-15 11:49:59 AM

FrancoFile: You live in Phoenix.  There's not supposed to be any standing water there.  Stop trying to make it something that it's not.


been saying this for years. if you want groomed grass lawns and open water, move to California.
 
2013-05-15 11:50:31 AM
And it's only a few miles from Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale.  Coincidence?  I think not.
 
2013-05-15 11:51:35 AM
Located in Satan Valley!!!
 
2013-05-15 11:53:44 AM
They also stocked the ponds with fish. Brilliant!
 
2013-05-15 11:56:11 AM
Damnit, Obama!
 
2013-05-15 11:57:39 AM

FrancoFile: You live in Phoenix.  There's not supposed to be any standing water there.  Stop trying to make it something that it's not.


If you lived in Phoenix, this place would be more than 40 miles away.
 
2013-05-15 12:00:02 PM

Pinner: Nothing like a shallow pond of sewage on a 105 degree day.


At least it's dry air.

/it's not the heat
//it's the humidity
 
2013-05-15 12:04:21 PM
i.imgur.com
/also oblig.
 
2013-05-15 12:09:08 PM

MacWizard: FrancoFile: You live in Phoenix.  There's not supposed to be any standing water there.  Stop trying to make it something that it's not.

If you lived in Phoenix, this place would be more than 40 miles away.


Yeah, but it isn't even one of the far suburbs to Phoenix... This town spreads like a fungus
 
2013-05-15 12:11:24 PM
I for one am glad Phoenix exists. For all those people who need to be there and not here.
 
2013-05-15 12:13:23 PM

Father_Jack: FrancoFile: You live in Phoenix.  There's not supposed to be any standing water there.  Stop trying to make it something that it's not.

been saying this for years. if you want groomed grass lawns and open water, move to California.


Southern Arizona would be a much nicer place to live if legislation were in place to ban three things: swimming pools, golf courses, and refrigerated air conditioning. (Swamp coolers probably allowed, though I'm open to negotiation on that one.) That would quickly clear out all the undesireable elements, leaving only the natives (of various ethnicities) and the desert rats. Well, I guess there would still be Joe Arpaio, though if he had to live in anything like the conditions of his tent jail he'd probably retire to Minnesota as well.
 
2013-05-15 12:16:32 PM
Depending on their size, it wouldn't be that hard to hook up some filters for them there decorative ponds.
 
2013-05-15 12:18:19 PM

KyngNothing: Why would you make a "decorative water feature" in Phoenix? To show your development has more money than taste or common sense?


True answer: they're all the rage at golf courses, where every 3d rate muni has one or two.

This isn't a problem at my 3d rate muni in South Seattle, but might be in Phoenix
 
2013-05-15 12:21:49 PM

MFAWG: KyngNothing: Why would you make a "decorative water feature" in Phoenix? To show your development has more money than taste or common sense?

True answer: they're all the rage at golf courses, where every 3d rate muni has one or two.

This isn't a problem at my 3d rate muni in South Seattle, but might be in Phoenix


What's a muni?
 
2013-05-15 12:25:23 PM

FrancoFile: MFAWG: KyngNothing: Why would you make a "decorative water feature" in Phoenix? To show your development has more money than taste or common sense?

True answer: they're all the rage at golf courses, where every 3d rate muni has one or two.

This isn't a problem at my 3d rate muni in South Seattle, but might be in Phoenix

What's a muni?


Socialism. Golf for the proletariat.

(Owned by a municipality, like a city or county)
 
2013-05-15 12:25:52 PM
Mo' muni, mo' problems.
 
2013-05-15 12:27:13 PM

MFAWG: FrancoFile: MFAWG: KyngNothing: Why would you make a "decorative water feature" in Phoenix? To show your development has more money than taste or common sense?

True answer: they're all the rage at golf courses, where every 3d rate muni has one or two.

This isn't a problem at my 3d rate muni in South Seattle, but might be in Phoenix

What's a muni?

Socialism. Golf for the proletariat.

(Owned by a municipality, like a city or county)


Public golf course.  Gotcha.  TFA has nothing to do with golf, btw.
 
2013-05-15 12:34:20 PM
You know, I live in Phoenix, so while I'm getting a kick out of these replies, it's too goddamn hot right now to respond...see you guys in September.
 
2013-05-15 12:35:58 PM

FrancoFile: MFAWG: FrancoFile: MFAWG: KyngNothing: Why would you make a "decorative water feature" in Phoenix? To show your development has more money than taste or common sense?

True answer: they're all the rage at golf courses, where every 3d rate muni has one or two.

This isn't a problem at my 3d rate muni in South Seattle, but might be in Phoenix

What's a muni?

Socialism. Golf for the proletariat.

(Owned by a municipality, like a city or county)

Public golf course.  Gotcha.  TFA has nothing to do with golf, btw.


Betcha 5 bucks there's a golf course or 3 within 5 miles of said development
 
2013-05-15 01:06:41 PM
Bringing up memories of Kandahar Air Field.
/still gags a little thinking about it.
 
2013-05-15 01:25:26 PM
It's Arizona, I'm surprised anyone is being made to clean it up because socializm
 
2013-05-15 01:56:32 PM

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: ChipNASA: POOP THREAD!

Poop deck:
[encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 381x285]

(this isn't as much fun as I thought it would be)


You obviously haven't taken a good look yet at the captain's log.
 
2013-05-15 01:59:25 PM

TinaSumthing: MacWizard: FrancoFile: You live in Phoenix.  There's not supposed to be any standing water there.  Stop trying to make it something that it's not.

If you lived in Phoenix, this place would be more than 40 miles away.

Yeah, but it isn't even one of the far suburbs to Phoenix... This town spreads like a fungus


Oh, come on. It's almost in Florence. I'm a taxi driver in Phoenix. I've been everywhere in the valley. I've never taken anyone out there. This place is way out on the fringe.
 
2013-05-15 02:20:30 PM

rikdanger: As a native Zonie, I believe I speak for many when I say...stop trying to make this place look like Milwaukee. It's a desert: enjoy its stark beauty; if you have to landscape, plant a xeriscape; and get rid of the freaking ponds.


As a midwestern transplant, I'm on your side.  But oddly, I've had the opposite experience, so I'm glad to hear from a native who actually likes the desert.  Most of the natives I meet have had a more "it's ours, so we do what we want to it" view, while the transplants chose to come to the desert on purpose.  In our subdivision, for example, the xeriscaped yards are reliably chicagoans or whatever, while the edge-to-edge grass, huge non-native trees, and pool with fake waterfall belongs to multi-generation zonies.  Might be I've just had a skewed sample-- it's a big place, and even if you try really hard you can only meet a few hundred people out of the millions.
 
2013-05-15 02:32:31 PM

Tridentata: Southern Arizona would be a much nicer place to live if legislation were in place to ban three things: swimming pools, golf courses, and refrigerated air conditioning.


I.... what?  Swimming pools are overdone, and would be far more effective and efficient if set up as "neighborhood pools" serving a hundred homes instead of in everybody's backyard.  Grass-covered golf courses are hilariously out-of-place, but they are at least multi-user, and thus somewhat more effective than residential grass. But take away the air conditioning, and there is no definition of "much nicer place" that's applicable.  Especially if your suggested alternative is swamp coolers, which are as big of a water-waste issue as pools and golf courses.  A typical unit burns through 9,000 gallons of water a year.  More than your typical backyard pool requires, even.

Swamp coolers are possibly the stupidest thing I've seen in the desert.  Worse than backyard pools.

But if your real goal is to live somewhere where there aren't crowds, is there not enough unpopulated, beautiful desert in Arizona for you already?  Plenty of incredible, beautiful land that is completely free of annoying neighbors.  Or do you just want some sort of impossible fantasy-land, where you get the benefits of living in a big city like Phoenix without any of the population that makes those things possible?
 
2013-05-15 02:35:09 PM

uncleacid: They also stocked the ponds with fish. Brilliant!


Sometimes, this is good... there was even a local agency you could call during the housing crash which would come out and put fish in abandoned suburban pools.  The fish kept the algae under control, ate insects before they hatched, and generally kept them in a clean-ish state without requiring much human intervention.  Better than the stagnant, reeking algae-and-mosquito pits they turn into on their own.
 
2013-05-15 02:38:18 PM

raygundan: rikdanger: As a native Zonie, I believe I speak for many when I say...stop trying to make this place look like Milwaukee. It's a desert: enjoy its stark beauty; if you have to landscape, plant a xeriscape; and get rid of the freaking ponds.

As a midwestern transplant, I'm on your side.  But oddly, I've had the opposite experience, so I'm glad to hear from a native who actually likes the desert.  Most of the natives I meet have had a more "it's ours, so we do what we want to it" view, while the transplants chose to come to the desert on purpose.  In our subdivision, for example, the xeriscaped yards are reliably chicagoans or whatever, while the edge-to-edge grass, huge non-native trees, and pool with fake waterfall belongs to multi-generation zonies.  Might be I've just had a skewed sample-- it's a big place, and even if you try really hard you can only meet a few hundred people out of the millions.


Glad to hear it. Guess you're right about sample size, because in our neighborhood, it's flipped.
 
2013-05-15 06:10:49 PM
This is Farking AWESOME!!!

I live in the community across the street from this water feature and it REEKS!! I was coming home from work the other day and saw the news vans filming. I looked for an hour across the news networks to try to find out the deal, and had no luck!! Fortunately, you can only smell it when you are driving by it. If I were to get a whiff of that in my house, it would be a different story.

Leave it to Fark to get me my local news stories days later.

MFAWG:
To answer the bet, there are 3 Golf Courses within 5 miles of the sludge pond. Johnson Ranch, Las Colinas, and The Links. (YOU WIN!!)
 
2013-05-15 08:40:20 PM

MacWizard: TinaSumthing: MacWizard: FrancoFile: You live in Phoenix.  There's not supposed to be any standing water there.  Stop trying to make it something that it's not.

If you lived in Phoenix, this place would be more than 40 miles away.

Yeah, but it isn't even one of the far suburbs to Phoenix... This town spreads like a fungus

Oh, come on. It's almost in Florence. I'm a taxi driver in Phoenix. I've been everywhere in the valley. I've never taken anyone out there. This place is way out on the fringe.


It seems that way, but it just keeps going... The res is the only thing stopping Phoenix and Tucson from meeting. Ever end up in Surprise? the surprise is that it keeps going... forever...
 
2013-05-15 09:37:18 PM
i3.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-16 04:53:10 PM
As someone who only lives less than half a mile from this pond, I am NOT getting a kick out of these replies!!!

It's a community water feature. Water has a weird blue twinge to it, in the winter. Almost like theirs fertilizer in it or something.. OH WAIT.. that's what this is all about aint it!

OK, now I'm kinda getting a kick out of it..

/Doesn't smell anything from this!
//Although the Alfalfa farm behind my place does fertilize and that can raise a stink..
///San Tan Valley is over an hour away from Scottsdale. We go to the Olive mill, not the ABC!!!!
 
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