I appreciate your story Patti(I'm assuming this "comment" is for you rather than the organizers -tho I can appreciate their work too). I have been briefly homeless I've had friends in homelessness, I've worked in a supportive housing program for formerly homeless families. So i'm familiar with the aspect of being homeless that renders you, me, anyone who's homeless - our humanity especially- invisible while simultaneously exposing us to the harsh & constant visibility of judgement & all too often the disdain and blame that accompany this dehumanizing impact of poverty in America. I wish you the best of luck in your desire and ambition to participate in revealing the real that lives in the reality of being poor & homeless in our country. I will be thinking about potential collaborations we can do across state boundaries (I'm in San Francisco).
I recently experienced homelessness ( but in a car) for about 9 months up in Oregon. I don't live there, I just go to visit my mom, and have a trailer in storage that I use in an RV park for a couple of months. But as I was packing my car to return to the desert, I was s taying with my mom after re-storaging my trailer. My brother had me arrested for nonsense charges, but also had me banned from my moms (he's 68, and living in my moms without rent), so I stayed in my car assuming it would end quickly. It never did, and it just dragged on and on without progress, and I finally had to leave because i couldn't survive alone like that with my depression, isolated and unable to return to MY LIFE in the reset. I had sold my place so woul d be free to go anywhere. It was either back to Tucson or Las Cruces, and I'm in LC.
I took ALOT OF PICTURES during that time, and love your project. I also learned SOOO much about the hidden world of homeless people and the ugly degrading parts of a system that is praised for their noble efforts. Bullshit! They help you sink deeper into despair, and ensure that you know what you are.
I write alot, and especially about my view from the other side of the wall that separates those who have homes, and those who are publicly scrutinized 24/7.
If anyone is interested in collaborating on a project in this subject, please contact me. I need to be part of something again.
There's a typo in the website address. Its "www.nwtucson.jbfsale.com.
I don't like my picture taken either but people do it all the time, rather flattering actually. No name pictures are the best. However, I seriously believe there's another "Einstien or cure for cancer among them. First you need to go to college, or at least have some type of gainful employment. I wish any of the homeless reporters would ask, how, why, when and where of the topic, it's basic journalism.
Oh and I forgot Debbie. Debbie is the one who took the photo of the flowers. Debbie took almost one hundred beautiful photos around downtown Tucson. She is truly an artist and said that regardless of her circumstances, she looks for beauty in everything she sees.
Thank you Jennifer and the Tucson Weekly. I want to state that this project was totally funded by myself and any sales or donations made to the Project will go directly back to the photographers through the Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation. This was truly something I did in an attempt to empower a few of those living homeless on the streets of Tucson. Peter, Lonnie, Sharon, Staci, Pat, Blu, Chad, Jake, Pat and Tim are all an incredible group of human beings with their own set of struggles. I am proud to have been a part of each of their lives.
Absolutely support increasing the minimum wage. Taxpayers subsidize businesses that underpay workers. If you can't run a business paying decent wages, maybe you shouldn't be in business.
Romero could open an ice water stand in July and be out of business by August.
You have gotten she and the City Council ran Rio Nuevo prior to the legislature taking it away in 2010, what a wonderful job that was!
What does Romero know about running a business?
Calling for peace calm and patience is outrage in your world David? Pitiful.
So if no one sees the problem here I'll make a quick observation for you, first as a retired Veteran, we only had green, while society aligns themselves by race because they want segregation, not sure why but they do. My black friends do not all themselves African American, yet I have a few good friends that actually are, they joined the Army to gain citizenship, and trust me, the black people in America calling themselves African American that were borne here, you are not liked by most Africans, nor would you make it there because they are a hard working caring people. that said, we will never be a united people until we remove all the tags people have given themselves to gain some sort of special treatment, if you are here, and you claim this to be your country, you are American. Now for racial profiling everyone talks about like its a bad thing, its an important tool in survival and security, if I'm at an airport, I want the middle eastern man scrutinized, not the 87 year old woman in the walker, and right now today, I want the BLM and Black Panthers taken down as domestic terrorist organizations, which they are. And yeas, when a black organization preaches hate towards white, they have indeed proliferated racial profiling against the black communities, as I said, I have friends of color, and the BLM and black panthers have made their lives hell also because they are scrutinized more because of these two groups actions and threats against innocent Americans. So if you want to call yourself African American and you were borne here, you irrigate yourself and that's fine, but if you want to be treated without being profiled, get rid of the hate organizations, they are not good for anyone. I applaud the interactions between the community and the Police, I think its necessary, however, one protest that gets outta control, and I believe that all bets are off the table, so the African American communities should be aware of who is in their neighborhoods and kick out/call the police about anyone preaching hate and talking about rallies because it affects the entire community.
Nothing about the rush to judgment of the two people mentioned that were shot? When we find out the truth and that the shootings were justified will the race baiters, the "hate whitey" crowd stand to be counted as what they are, haters?
With all due respect, Rat T, you are the one here expressing "Instant outrage." It appears to me that your instant outrage is fired off before reading this article - an article that I find expressive of hope and a desire to find understanding and virtually devoid of outrage - except for your comment.
Instant outrage is a byproduct of instant gratification. Can anybody wait for real facts? The levels of ignorance is astounding
What happened to the presumption of innocence? For everybody. Cell phone camera convictions? Shame on us.
Wait, the four neighborhood's worked with the developers to get the businesses at the Bridges built, bringing jobs and opportunity to the neighborhoods that had been long neglected. A process was followed under city rules, that allowed consideration of the movie sign, and was approved and was only for the one location. Two people who don't live in any of the four neighborhoods, or even remotely in the area, make allegations that the neighborhoods were bought off and special favors were granted when the rules and process were followed. So where is the story? Not in this article. In the article its states Design View Committee and Review Design Committee when there is one committee, the Design Review Committee. The rules on the city books were followed on this. The neighborhoods wanted the theater but the Tucson Weekly, trying to get any circulation, puts out yet another negative story towards the south side and tries to continue the stereotype and prejudice long and wrongly associated on the residents.
Please - sounds like another Alan Lang! Property tax exemptions need to fit within the Arizona Revised Statutes for exemptions. The Assesor doesn't have the discretion to override them. If an organization th inks they should qualify they need to draft legislation and get it passed through the State legislature. These people are asking permission for the rest of us to pay higher taxes.
i dont have a problem with a big billboard. but i agree that rules are rules and need to be followed
Great, a 100 foot sign. Just what we need to block the views of the desert. If I had asked to build a drive-in movie theater and put up a bunch of 60 foot tall screens, the screaming from the nimbys and others would drown out any comment about increased revenue and taxes.
Movie theaters are rapidly becoming dinosaurs of the entertainment industry with people streaming movies and watching on their big screen TV's at home. Who can afford to spend $20 or more for one movie and a few snacks when we can watch the same thing at home for a couple of dollars?
Technology has nearly killed the print media and the movie theater is next on the endangered list. What will we use those huge empty buildings with their huge billboard signs for in twenty years?
Sorry guys, as a character from an old TV show would say, "This does not compute."
Mr. Johnson's time within the Pima County Assessor's Office has shown a record of his abrasive, unproductive work habits. Mr. Johnson showed a complete inability to grasp the basic laws from the Arizona state legislature governing the property valuation process. His dealings with fellow employees both within and outside the Assessor's Office resulted in one of the highest number of complaints to Human Resources for any employee there in over a decade.
Mr. Johnson is not an individual suited for such a position or worthy of the support of the voting public.
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