The Town's economic strategy is to build retail, then ensure it's surrounded with bedrooms. You won't see industry here. What you do see is the town expediting the building of a place like Top Golf without much feedback from the community, only to find out its lights shine right into its neighbors homes. What you'll find here is a bunch of eyesores, empty lots, and low-wage retail jobs.
Arizona was recently found to be the most corrupt state in the country, by Harvard's Center for Ethics. At the same time, Senator Flake's family essentially murdered a bunch of dogs, then no charges were filed. Corruption? What, here? Nah! That also points out how Joe Arpaio's principles are compromised, as he's always doing photo ops over animal rights. But when his political circle needs him to turn a blind eye...done! Is that the kind of example you want your community to set for your kids? Didn't think so.
Gilbert's school board wants your kids to learn by a political agenda, rather than science. This is brought about again by their decision to edit an advanced biology textbook. Here are the old pages, at ArizonaHonorsBiology.com.
The one thing Gilbert might have had going for it was the school system. Granted, that's comparing it to the rest of AZ, which ranks right near Mississippi. But we gotta give them that -- the Gilbert Schools once were the talk of the state.
Now, a few ideologues on the Gilbert School Board are letting stubborn adherence to a political platform get in the way of educating Gilbert students.
Read more at EastValleyTribune.
Voted alongside Laredo, Texas (trust me, I've been there -- scary) as one of the worst places to 'staycation,' Gilbert once again proves to be a societal dead zone. A noted "lack of recreational activities," Gilbert is so boring, even its own residents want to get out of here!
In a state that boasts some of the worlds greatest golf courses and resorts, this is a big embarrassment for Gilbert.
Link: AZCentral, "Gilbert Ranked Among the Worst Staycation Spots"
You hear it all the time from Gilbert parents: the cops harass teens. Just do a search on Twitter and see what you get! (And I'm not allowed to tell you my personal story -- wait 'til I can do that!)
The Phoenix area is quickly becoming a tech startup leader, but Gilbert is falling behind. Even when Google announced that it is bringing Google Fiber to the valley, it left Gilbert off the list of potential cities.
You see, when a modern company looks for a city to expand into, they want a place that has the three pillars of a great place to live: sports, libraries, and culture. Gilbert has none: no colleges/universities, poor libraries, and no sports (okay, the youth sports is okay, but for entertainment purposes there's nothing here -- no spring training, no minor leagues, nothing). There's also no art. Any company moving here would be quickly questioned by its employees.
Two ideologues tried to push for a local business man rather than an educator to run our school system. This may seem like an okay idea on the surface, but it's just another example of the local, extreme politicians pushing their 'entitled' candidate over more qualified individuals.
The result is we ended up settling for a woman who's proven to be mediocre in her past work (and was not offered an extension where she was). Gilbert deserves better, but the ideologues are just too stubborn to allow it.
Read about it here.
That's right, you'd be living with the dreaded Bark Scorpion if you moved to Gilbert. When we moved here, we saw one every now and then, so we hired a bug killer to come eradicate the suckers. They were honest with us: you can't exterminate scorpions. Your only option is to get rid of their food and do your own dirty work by killing them in your backyard.
You'll need to get a black light and something to smash the suckers with, go out at night and kill scorpions yourself.
If you move to Gilbert, be ready to find these in your bedroom, your kitchen, on the ceilings, in your kids' rooms -- all over your house.