That 1997 article is at -- http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tw/03-06-97/cover.htm -- and is a very informative but sad read. Sad because much of what the residents were saying ("We can walk everywhere here", "we know our neighbors here") has just now apparently pierced the veil of ignorance among City planners, i.e., that walkable human-scale cities work for everyone, and also because we are seeing the same "discourage investment - redlining - call it 'blight' - launch bulldozers" cycle play out elsewhere in town. Now instead of a convention center we have boondoggle roadway projects that damage neighborhoods and benefit ... who? Speculators? No wonder "they" want to eliminate Tucson's history, there is money to be made -- for some -- by repeating it.
And what did Tucson get out of it? A butt-ugly convention center, the zombie-esque La Placita, and a part pf downtown that has never recovered. Bulldoze TCC and La Placita. Build a ballpark like El Paso has SUCCESSFULLY done and add the southern end of the downtown area to the busy downtown scene.
My very first job in Tucson was in December 1967 helping archaeologist Jim Ayers document and photograph the buildings in the barrio before they were torn down to make way for the TCC.
I think Charles Bowden wrote about this in his amazing "Blue Desert". If I remember correctly, he talks about how the city enacted codes forbidding the use of adobe because it was "unsafe." That became the pretext for not issuing new permits and more over for using eminent domain laws to seize existing properties in the area that is now the TCC. Almost all were adobe. After the demolition of the neighborhood and the construction of the TCC, the codes regarding adobe were changed back to the way it was before. An obvious abuse of power and government if there ever was one.
Excellent story. Thank you to Bob Diaz who's work at Special Collections is legendary.
This is an important exhibit and should be a lesson for us all. Unfortunately, the loss of our architectural and cultural history is about to happen again if the City of Tucson gets its way and bulldozes all of the mid-century modern commercial buildings along Broadway from Euclid to Country Club in the name of progress. That progress is building a wider street that is not needed. Traffic volume has DECLINED over the last few years and stands today at 1989 levels. It is not even close to what it was projected to be in 2015 by the 1987 planning study and that put it on the RTA ballot. Save our history!
I first met Alejandra Platt while photographing a Guarijio ceremony in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental. It was inspiring to see another photographer working in the rugged and dangerous region of the Rio Guajaray in northwest Sonora. I learned Ms. Platt was working on her first book, “In the Name of God,” an ambitious 7 year long project to document indigenous people off the tourist grid throughout Mexico. Viewing Ms. Platt’s black and white images several years later, I was struck by the fact she had illuminated the lives of the people, cultures, and traditions most Americans and Mexicans have never seen or heard of.
Ms. Platt's “In the Name of God” is reminiscent of the compelling work of Swiss photographer Gertrude Duby-Blom. During the 1940s, “La Reina de la Selva” documented the Lacandon Maya in the burning jungles of Chiapas. Blom’s remarkable work to save the Lacandon Maya was later published in her book, “Bearing Witness.” Like Gertrude Duby-Blom, Alejandra Platt-Torres deserves recognition and support for her valiant efforts to shine light on the vanishing people and traditions of Mexico.
John Annerino, Photographer Author
The event took place this past week. It was everything as described and more. Very inspiring and safe environment. Loved the processes I learned and the collaboration was just joyful in our group and overall with everyone. So much fun. Great creative minds, playwrights and actors, filmmakers. Guest speakers were phenomenal.
Hey, remember when our teachers used to tell us that a story should include "who, what, where, when, and how"? How about telling us where and when this conference is? Is that too much to expect from the Weakly?
Having seen the Arizona Biennial show at the Member's Opening, I can assure you that, armed with Ms. Regan's critique, I will spend several more hours revisiting the show. It is one of depth and complexity and must not be visited casually.
Congratulations to Howard Allen on this brave new initiative.
is there an attribution for the photo?
This looks awesome and Dani is an amazing actress! Can't wait!
Good article, except for the pronouns. As far as I know Justin is a He, and Best show Period is all female. Best Show. Period. Female.
It was a great event -- and the Kickstarter is still going (7 more days): See https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/16712…
I had the honor of producing the audio book version of this novel. It was my first experience with the work of Joe Brown. I, along with the narrator, Jan Smith, were immersed in a story that was rich in imagery and emotion. Many times we found ourselves taken away to another place with Cap and Billy. JPS Brown is without a doubt one of this country's great American authors. John Forbes, Atlanta
"Medical misadventure"? Perhaps by the doctor, certainly not by Warhol.
Last night's opening show was outstanding. We felt we were not in Tucson but instead in a major city watching a professional company. Although we enjoyed both companies, I will have to point out ConDanza as one company to keep an eye on. It is obvious that set pieces and big costumes are not necessary to draw audience. Their esthetics and movement quality will stand alone in moving you as an audience. A must see.
Temple of Music and Artifact?
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