Monday, February 18, 2013
Sadly, this isn't a sign that I'm headed back to Italy. This actually is a Scottsdale landmark known as The Borgata, a shopping complex built in 1981 to resemble the Tuscan village of San Gimignano. When it opened, it housed many upscale and high-end retail stores and restaurants but, lately has fallen on hard times with only 13 out of the 40 retail spaces filled. I'm not sure why it has suffered so. It's location is surrounded by well known resorts and it's right next door to another thriving shopping complex of the more traditional kind. Last September, the property was sold to a developer who moved from Florida to here with plans to build a residential community. However, rumor has it that the developer could not get approval for the plans so now things are up in the air again for the few remaining tenants.
I stopped here on Sunday to walk around and take a few photos. Now that I've actually been to San Gimignano, I can certainly see the resemblance.