No one outside Tucson will be ashamed................
Re: Kromko's letter-
Developers win, no matter what. They own the city council. Even the small potatoes ones: no one got in anyone's way when people started buying up and tearing down little houses on big lots to put up TWO hideous new houses with 6-car garages for UA students...and somehow there were still more cars on the street than ever before, in addition to the added noise and flyaway trash from all the Biffs and Brittanies from California who turned up. You really think anyone's going to put their foot down about West Campus?
After seeing what the conservative controlled legislature has done to embarrass the state, why would any rational person vote for a republican?
Jesse is dim. Unfortunately, half the people are below average and want someone just like them.
Kelly's behavior in his debate with Gabbie at Buena High in Sierra
Vista was unforgiveable. He allowed his tea party thugs to shout her
down and did nothing but grin. Imagine being a sitting member of the US
Congress and have an audience keep you from speaking. Kelly's lack of
constraint for his crowd was an insult to democracy.
Go getem Jesse..........Shultz is a psycopath....she has a disregard for the rights of others....Pelosi is affected also......
Kudos to the Kippur family for doing the right thing! South Tucson is a caricature of a city - they ignore atrocious animal welfare violations, and make no effort to get the dog track to comply with the law. Shame on South Tucson government and bravo to Tucson Iron & Metal!
they are fed raw meat the vets still give steroid shots the dogs are still kept inside for hours and hours .you ask how do i know im former owner operator of the mb kennel.tgp has a motto if you cant beat them(mb greyhounds) get rid of them.if you care about the dogs you get ran off.
this just goes to show you what kind of man general manager tom taylor is.no need to say anything else.
Bravo to Tucson Iron and Metal! Everyone else has dodged responsibility. The South Tucson City Council and City Attorney have refused to enforce the law. The Tucson City Council wouldn't say no to more off-track betting sites in Tucson. The Legislature wouldn't take up a bill outlawing steroids to prevent estrus. The Racing Dept. never has done a whit for the dogs. The Vet Examining Board said it's not their jurisdiction. The County said they can't tell if the dogs are being kept in cages 23 hours a day, fed raw diseased meat (they are), or being shot up with steroids in violation of local law. This is one of those rare cases where a business takes a higher ethical ground than does government. Thank you!
HERE'S THE SUMMARY OF "BEST OF" WINNERS PRINTED IN THE TUCSON WEEKLY. I DON'T SEE HOW YOU FIGURE HE'S WON 3 YEARS IN A ROW. IT'S ONLY 2 THROUGH 2011! ! !
Previously in Best Of Tucson
Jon Justice Wins Best Radio Personality for 2011
· 2010 Best Radio Personality - Jon Justice, KQTH FM 104.1, aka "The Truth"
· 2009 Best Radio Personality - Johnjay and Rich, KRQQ FM 93.7
· 2008 Best Radio Personality - Johnjay and Rich, KRQQ FM 93.7
· 2007 Best Radio Personality - Jennie Grabel, KWMT FM 92.9 (The Mountain)
· 2006 Best Radio Personality - Frank, The World Famous Frank Show
· 2005 Best Radio Personality - Frank, The World-Famous Frank Show
· 2004 Best Radio Personality - Kidd Squidd
· 2003 Best Radio Personality - Frank, KFMA 92.1 FM
· 2002 Best Radio Personality - Kidd Squidd
· 2001 Best Radio Personality - Kidd Squidd
· 2000 Best Radio Personality - Kidd Squidd
Actually he has won "best talk host" 3 years in a row (probably hopes to make it 4) and "most popular host" for the past 2 years. You more than likely just misunderstood him.
Could SOMEBODY please tell Jon Justice he has NOT won "MOST POPULAR" for THREE (3) years in a row, and that he hopes 2012 will make it FOUR????? According to the Tucson Weekly list, he won for 2010 and 2011. According to my math, that's ONLY TWO (2) years he has won, and hopefully he won't win ever again. HE STINKS!
So, let me get this straight....no one here (virtually) owns any of the aforementioned properties, yet you think it's your responsibility to tell a private company what and how to build a structure none of you are paying for? Secondly, yes there will be college kids partying and misbehaving but tell me where that doesn't occur. I'd rather have partying college kids with parents who are capable of paying for any damage than some crackhead tweaker stabbing his mate or stealing from my shop.
This arrogant oppressive attitude by those who need to mind their own business is why our nation is in decline. Mind you own damn business, live your life not someone else's.
Re: "I can't imagine skyscrapers eight to 14 stories high in any Tucson neighborhood."
The only one I can think of is Tucson's 4th highest building, the 16 story (246 ft.) building in the SW corner of the Highland Vista Cinco Via neighborhood, at Broadway/Rosemont.
Another minor detail that is not being discussed is the kind of mischief 1000 kids under one roof can get into. They think mini-dorms are bad they haven't seen anything yet because its usually contained on campus. I truly feel for those that will live next to these buildings. I didn't even LIKE living in a dorm such as this (which I did) while in college. Hard to study, easy to party, grades tanked, the elevator pee/puke stink every weekend made me thankful I lived on a lower floor.
The false choice between towering apartment buildings such as those at the center of this proposal, and the mini-dorms we've been fussing over for years now, raises an important question about the supposed shortage of student housing we keep hearing about: what, exactly, do they mean by "student housing" anyway? Because really, we're talking about private, off-campus apartments. Of a particular kind.
There is certainly not a shortage of residential rental vacancies in Tucson. What distinguishes the modern, purpose-built student developments from ordinary-folk rental accommodations (like what I and probably you lived in in college) is, to be quite frank, luxury. We could, if we wanted to be painfully honest, just say there's a shortage of teen-oriented luxury/party rentals around the university, and that's getting in the way of the Board of Regents' growth strategy. There's just not enough swank living around the campus for kids from households that can afford $25,494 in annual tuition (that's what it is for non-resident undergrads this year, and it'll soon go up) and would happily shell out that much, or even more, on posh digs for their wayward Wildcats.
At a crowded public hearing on January 26, Stephen Bus of Campus Acquisitions (the slated to build the 14-story mega-dorm with a rooftop swimming pool at Speedway and Tyndall) told the audience this:
"We do student housing nationwide. And one of the key factors that goes into a parent's and a student's decision on what school to attend is availability of new, upscale housing with nice finishes, amenities and located close to campus."
That's right: new, upscale housing with nice finishes and amenities. (You know, like a rooftop pool and hot tub. If you check the website you can also read about the steam rooms, tanning beds and more.) Anyhow, Mr. Bus went on:
"And when it comes down to the decision of that parent to decide if they want to go to the University of Arizona or some other school, that's a factor that weighs in heavily. And so we think it's important for the long term competitiveness of the University of Arizona."
So there you have it. He's probably telling us more than he even should.
It would all be good and fine if the long-term competitiveness of the University of Arizona could painlessly be prioritized above all else for City of Tucson taxpayers, whose scarce public funds are already financing a modern streetcar project that will heavily subsidize the university's growth at the expense of taxpayers miles beyond its periphery, and whose roads are crumbling with no real remedy in sight. The university, after all, is an enormously important entity. But it's not more important than the city itself, or the interests of the folks who live and vote in it. And that seems to be what's gotten lost in this conversation.
The City Council's historic deference to neighborhoods has long been an angle of political attack for regional growth lobbies, and sometimes it's easy to forget that the university itself is among them. We go out of our way to do right by our beloved U of A—in this case, going so far as to play Punch the Hippie with the West University Neighborhood Association. But to do wrong by our neighborhoods, regardless of how tantalizing the hors d'oeuvres might be on the other end of the discussion, is to do wrong by our voters and taxpayers. And it appears this council, minus Karin Uhlich much to her credit, did just that.
"I left with less faith in government than when I started."
Sadly you are not alone.
Ms. Bird, I think your under the misapprehension that Terri Proud wants to enrich her life with accurate information that will influence her thinking processes. I think you give her too much credit. As as one who has seen her speek in person, well...she could use a few lightbulbs in her life because hers are quite dim.
Parent X, agree wholeheartedly. While rhetoric may expound Jobs Jobs Jobs at the legislature, it's really not even an agenda item. :(
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