Downtown 'development' is lopsided. I'm happy to see movement but I wonder if we are seeing the best Tucson could have done. The $$ invested (especially in the student housing projects) are not local and the profits from those developments will leave town (except for the tax base). Where was the local investment? Good for the economy you know. Some cities understand this sort of thing better it seems. There are too few non-service jobs. The plan relies too heavily on students and therefore expects to profit from student debt. I hope downtown gets to a phase of broader more general economic development where commerce and residential development outweigh the over reliance on restaurants and student housing. Another comment here alluded to the lack of a proper festival grounds / public square. That is a feature of great cities everywhere and it will likely not happen here now that the options have been dealt out....and of course the Arena and Music hall languish when cities around us have put in world class facilities. Well, they can fill the void in the supply of decadent decay left by The Grill and then some.
Loud chorus here and it's just a lot of trodding on sour grapes. Well, News flash: The VOTE in the election was louder than you. The PEOPLE made a free (from extortion) choice. I am disgusted that there are people who would approve of political extortion using voters jobs. BTW, There would be the same caterwauling and sour grapes from the same crowd if the shoe were on the other foot and THEY were getting fired for voting the opposite party to the boss's ....only they would be going on about how unfair THAT is - and in that case they would be right.
Good intentions don't pave roads and nobody seems to realize that the road that takes a civilization to hell is a poorly paved one. (Actually, it looks like just enough people did realize) Looking forward to my new suspension lasting 50k further than before.
Well said Chet!
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