Date: September 25, 2010 02:53PM
the neighborhood folks did NOT want that thing. When it was in the paper a lot the messages from mormons kept saying how temples raised property values. Perhaps in Ut, but if I was shopping for a home and there was a giant religious structure all lit up, gated with drones coming in an out I would NOT be interested. To be honest, it doesn't matter WHAT religion it is.
About the Phoenix building:
The morg was not happy having to build within the zoning laws.
They tried to get special permission to build it taller than allowed.
The morg was forced to design a shorter temple. They managed to keep the square footage, just a shorter building.
And this is what's funny: The building looks like it is flipping off all of the neighbors. Compare the design to all of the other current designs. This one has little middle fingers at each corner - pointed to each direction.http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/phoenix/