May 4, 2008
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's been a long time since cowboys parked their ponies on Main Street in what was once proudly marketed as the West's Most Western Town. Today's Scottsdale is two P.F. Chang's, two California Pizza Kitchens and two Merrill Lynch offices. It is art galleries and turquoise shops and boutiques and Beemer convertibles and monster shopping malls serving monster subdivisions hidden behind faux-adobe walls. Fortunately, though you may have to look carefully, Scottsdale is still desert and the mountains -- or at least a short drive from desert and mountains.
December 9, 1992
The owners of the Homestead, a prestigious resort in western Virginia, have hired the Baltimore investment banking firm of Alex. Brown & Sons Inc. to find investors for the resort's long-term improvement plan.Daniel H. Ingalls Jr., president and chief executive of Virginia Hot Springs Inc., which owns the resort, said the company is trying to raise $30 million for a five-year, $50 million project. The remaining $20 million would be generated by the company, he said.The search for new investors comes after three years of losses by the Hot Springs, Va.-based resort, Mr. Ingalls said.
January 17, 1995
After years of searching for private financing, the state approved an agreement yesterday for a bond sale to a Texas company that paves the way for building a controversial convention center and golf course at Rocky Gap State Park.The approval by the Board of Public Works was a milestone in a 10-year quest to build the $34.4 million resort, which is intended to help revitalize the Western Maryland economy."This is part of a vision for Western Maryland and Allegany County," said Mark L. Wasserman, state secretary of economic and employment development.
November 21, 2003
CAMBRIDGE - Gliding across the Frederick C. Malkus Bridge, you can see the big hotel off in the sunlit distance, startling because it's been preceded by so many drab little strip malls and gas stations and burger joints, and stunning because it hits you like Dorothy's first glimpse of the Emerald City. The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort has been doing business for 14 months now, and it's hard to find anyone around here who isn't singing hosannas for its impact on Cambridge and on Dorchester County, and for beginning to lift a swath of the Eastern Shore out of its prolonged economic doldrums.
May 31, 1992
OCEAN CITY -- More blacks would "capture an ocean memory" if resort advertising included pictures of African-Americans, say local black leaders."Blacks are coming to Ocean City for vacation, but all you see in advertising is white, white, white," said James Purnell Jr., president of the Worcester County chapter of the NAACP.Such advertising, which includes city-paid television commercials and brochures, sends a subtle message that minorities, particularly blacks, are not welcome, Mr. Purnell said.
July 11, 2003
EAGLE, Colo. - A late-night ruckus in Kobe Bryant's hotel room prompted a nearby guest to complain to the front desk, kicking off a sexual assault investigation against the NBA star, according to an employee at the resort where the alleged assault occurred. The employee, who spoke with Bryant and other employees who interacted with the Los Angeles Lakers star just after the incident, said Bryant later appeared calm and composed in the lobby as he conversed at length with a night auditor in the wee hours of the morning.