In 1967 the city of Scottsdale was still very much a 'western town'. Hitching posts lined Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive remained unpaved in many areas. The city thrived from the tourists flocking to the area for a taste of the old west and to explore the community's renowned art studios. City leaders met over lunch, often at the historic Sugar Bowl, and discussed the idea of building a community college for Scottsdale. Mesa CC, Glendale CC, and Phoenix College served as their examples.