It amazes me how disconnected Tucsonans are to the actions of our government. We built the Aviation-Barraza Highway for about $20m and it only took 5yrs. Of course it hasn't provided any value to downtown or anyones' transportation. Then we agreed to a bizarre "new" street car named "Undesired" 5 yrs ago. They removed the trolley system, which we had also paid for and I don't know what they did with the beautiful trolley cars. I never road it because I was never in the vicinity, but it seemed like a nice thing to have. Now we will eventually have a smart new system built by people who have never designed or built a street car. It will provide service to a few more areas....none of which are in my vicinity. So now we'll have a great 3.2 mi. highway to nowhere unattached to our best public art (the rattlesnake bridge) neither of which will afford a means of riding the streetcar anywhere along its 3 mi track.
Does anyone think that the streetcar came before the overlay and destruction of our historic areas. Or did Rio Nuevo pay to obscure all information regarding its involvement? Just exactly what do you think remains of our historic areas? Let's tear down TCC and put an arena which will required many more acres of historic buildings. The best bridge to nowhere has to be the Cushing St. bridge! And it runs on the south boundary of TCC across the Santa Cruz to......
As a native Tucsonan I truly resent the current destruction and construction. We must save what we have! There is no going back! "Remember when...." are the saddest words in Tucson and AZ today. There will be many fewer who can "remember when..." soon. Do we have to forget?
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