Bruce Battle makes a valid argument. Having dined all over the Valley, I learned these two facts: Scottsdale and Goodyear are miles apart in the types of employees. Scottsdale employs white-collar and Goodyear blue-collar workers. The difference in the type of restaurants is simple. Scottsdale workers go to lunch, and Goodyear workers bring their lunch. There is a salary difference as well. So, where would you open a nonchain restaurant? It all revolves around economics.
Freedom to thrive
I’m a small-business owner who consults with towns and cities on their tourism industries. One of my favorite parts about my job is how it allows me to be innovative and creative while developing websites and apps for my clients. Unfortunately, although they intend to be beneficial, all too often app platforms make this process difficult to navigate.
Many professional app developers face extreme hurdles when dealing with platforms, such as Apple’s App Store. The App Store mandates a 30% transaction fee on all purchases made through in-app payments and practices unfair self-preferencing methods. These monopolistic tactics reduce innovators’ ability to bring products to market and reach a broad consumer audience. Furthermore, these behaviors limit choices for consumers in the app marketplace.
Today, Congress has taken note of these tactics and introduced the Open App Markets Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would promote a fair app ecosystem and allow developers to innovate while providing choices to consumers. The bill aims to halt anti-competitive tactics and level the playing field by removing forced in-app payment systems, banning self-preferencing schemes, and allowing developers to communicate with their consumers directly.
As a small-business owner, I believe our state’s tech developers deserve the opportunity to grow and prosper. I urge the entire Arizona congressional delegation to support and co-sponsor the Open App Markets Act.
In regard to “What’s Up with Yuma and Cotton?” by Bruce Battle, be careful what you wish for.
The wife and I have lived in the area you mentioned for six years — Estrella Parkway and Van Buren.
We have watched the large empty lots and farm fields disappear. On our daily walks, we’ve watched lots of places appear, such as Sonic, Dunkin Donuts, Culvers, QT and Starbucks, plus more. Jack in the Box, McDonald’s and Panda Express were already here.
I understand Goodyear wanting to bring in tax dollars, money, jobs, etc. But at what cost?
These places are massive garbage-generating machines. You can tell which place is closest to your neighborhood. There’s trash everywhere. I guess after someone goes through the drive-thru to pick up food, nobody cares where they throw their trash! More houses, apartments and rental communities make for more mobile people, who thrive on fast food.
When Goodyear puts in a business near you, don’t ask for drive-thru businesses. Goodyear doesn’t seem to care about the trash that is made by people who eat at the drive-thru restaurants!
Please don’t be a litterbug. Goodyear is no longer a litter-free city. It’s amazing that they manage to brand it as a beautiful city. There’s trash everywhere. It belongs in a trash can.