It's not about the tater tots, David.
I remember in high school we'd meet there frequently for cigarettes and coffee. As an undergrad, it was the go-to place for post-drinking eats. A friend who has an uncanny resemblance to Al Pacino (who will be airing in a Nivea commercial soon) used to work in the kitchen during the height of the Grill shenanigans.
My point: Grill was about the community. It was local. The kids could be in charge. There was a unique punk rock quality to it found nowhere else.
"Keep Tucson Shitty" isn't meant to be literal. It doesn't have to be crappy to be good. I'd say "shitty" in this case means keep it for us. Not corporations or chains. Keep downtown local and special, not branded with national conglomerates. No one wants the area to be the next Mill Avenue.
But the scene has to evolve. Places like Hub and Playground may be contributing to the gentrification of downtown, but they're nice places-- and they compliment the seedier but just-as-charming Tucson originals perfectly. There's room for both.
All I ask is that it stay true to the spirit of Baja Arizona. The minute a Toby Keith opens up on Congress, though, I'm out.
Holy Christ, a red color scheme now equates to communism? That's a first.
Also, TV news isn't suffering... at least that's truth for some of the networks. CBS is actually seeing increased demand for ad buys, despite the economy. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/tv-a…
Not to be hyper focused on an insignificant line in Schuster's blurb, but I have to address the use of Skype in newscasts. Skype shots could be "gimmicky" in some instances, but are life savers (in terms of a show's live shot count) in many others. There are ways to clear up the digitized picture quality. The truth is sometimes the reporter can only make that shot using VoIP technology. Pair that with the reality that live trucks are expensive and clunky, and you get moves to use this tool more and more. It's more about cost/ability to execute than being dog-and-pony.
Wow, a whole column devoted to this red herring? Why didn't you cover Pedersen's reputation of being a total asshole, Schuster? I doubt the termination was 100 percent due to the tweets.
Bob Z. may have bigger issues if he found an almost unprecedented assassination attempt on a Congresswoman and a local massacre boring.
Yay for TucsonSentinel.com! Dylan and crew over there are awesome for launching a much needed site for Tucson.
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