Scottsdale

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city, Maricopa county, residential-resort suburb of Phoenix, south-central Arizona, U.S. Its business district (in a Western frontier motif) is an arts and crafts centre and features Arizona-oriented fashions alongside the latest offerings from Milan and Paris. The city is traversed by several canals of the Salt River Project; lettuce, grain, and cotton are grown in the surrounding area. The community, originally a stagecoach stop between Camp McDowell and Phoenix, was founded in 1888 and named for Winfield Scott, who settled the site with his brother George in the late 1880s. Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural school, and Cosanti Foundation, an architectural and crafts complex devised by architect Paolo Soleri, are situated within the city. Inc. town, 1951; city, 1961. Pop. (1990) 130,099; (2000) 202,705.

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