I was recently in town for a week of work and ate at Delectables many times. It was perfect. The food was fresh, the wine was exceptional, the service was knowledgeable and friendly. I took friends there for Easter Brunch and it was impeccable. I can't wait to go there again!
Thank You to the Weekly and Dan Buckley for memorializing Mike Ronstadt. He was a Tucson treasure for many reasons. He was a true gentleman that always had time to listen to peoples stories. He cared deeply for everything around him. He had a way of stealing your heart with a song and then carrying the conversation into how to fix a river. I have known Michael since Junior High and kept our friendship all these years. I will miss him deeply.
This is not a lot to ask of civilized humans having an attempt at conversing... However, I question the reasoning behind most of the comment posters. They only get on to see how irate and obnoxious they can be. They really don't care about the subject or sharing opinions. They make any legit comment disappear into the mash of verbal profanity.
Downtown Tucson began to thrive when artists and musicians began to create fun spaces out of dead, and mostly ignored, commercial spaces. The rents were cheap and the facilities were basic at best. They lived and worked with other locals in the surrounding barrios while they learned the history and culture of Tucson's Hispanic and Native communities. Unfortunately the Urban Renewal Program had already destroyed large expanses of homes and businesses in the area so that the remaining community were left hanging by their fingernails next to an abandoned downtown that was once full of jobs and commerce. As the artists and musicians began to draw other folks downtown to spend time and money the area began to support these communities fairly well. Tucson has always done well with the arts and cultural communities.
When the Mega Dorms began to spring up, like tumors on an old sailors face, the influx of students could have been a welcome surge to the local economy. Except that they were not, and are not, interested in the real jewels that Tucson has to offer. A large assemblage of youth that is better suited for the bars in Scottsdale have overwhelmed the otherwise intelligent students that U of A has produced in the past. I have witnessed the pushy rudeness that comes with the entitlement of baby socialites partying on their parents money. Catering to them is causing the arts community to be pushed out of the area that they had resurrected from the ghost town that was Downtown.
Tucson's Arts and Music Community is one of the finest in the country. They need to be treated with the same respect as this hoard of University students. To not do so will be the death nell of a vibrant future for Downtown and a huge readjustment for the creative community. I feel this glance at how the current Downtown came to be is important. A lot of heart and soul has been invested by Tucsonans in reviving the area.
Michael is a passionate Tucsonan and I agree with him. We do not help homelessness by hiding it from view. We need to know the needs of the homeless and help find some solutions to those needs. I am also a born and raised Tucsonan. I know that we all work and create and play and solve problems together. We do that well.
I found this article exciting. I was born in Patagonia and Calabazas has always been special to me. I just ordered the book.. Thanks.
This is a beautiful story about true humanity. Thank you.
I bet Gabby will get a good laugh at her competition in this one!!
Hoorah, Brian! Great column! Spent lots of time listening to Greylock Mansion when I was much younger!
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