First of all, I have a feeling that most of the people who are throwing insults around in defense of the Grill are probably teenagers. There is an enormous community of musicians, artists and "downtowners" who DO miss the Grill, who were so sad to see it go, but who DID get the reason why it was closing. It was its own institution, but the best thing it had going for it was the music and beer selection in the Red Room. And that's not going to keep it going. As a dive bar, it was great. As a restaurant? It totally missed the mark unless you were wasted at 2 am on a Friday night. I loved the Grill, but everytime I ate there I wondered why I did. Downtown Tucson has struggled for SO LONG to have anything happening in it. People complained all the time that there was nothing to do or see. Now that something IS happening, what a surprise-complaints about in opposition of "gentrification." Ok, I get it. I'm completely opposed to having chain stores everywhere and a lack of character thriving. But when I see what is happening downtown, I don't see that. I see people who have been successful in other ventures in Tucson opening up restaurants on a strip that had almost nothing. I see such a cool selection of bars that 4th avenue has some serious competition. I see people talking about new and exciting things instead of having nothing else to say except "Downtown's dead." If you're not happy with new and cool things going on around Congress Street, I'd say, then stay home. It's been a LONG time coming that the community has some action in its heart. The economy can only be boosted by these new businesses, which is going to help pay for the repairs on the road by your house eventually. Progress is good! Save your bitching for the day that everything is bulldozed and a giant Wal-Mart takes over. And for god's sake! Does everything have to be so black and white? Try some freaking delicious and creative tacos and get over yourselves!!!!
Because Arizona has so much extra money to waste, they're coming up with BS laws like this one...spending their time and our taxpayer money creating something that the public didn't ask for, and then they will be wasting more of our money when they have to go to the courts when someone calls this law out on what it is: unconstitutional discrimination. Maybe if all the MORONS in this decade's government across the board could get their sh*t together and their priorities straight, the US wouldn't be in such a damn financial mess. Leave people alone. Equal rights for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity or sexual identification. My god people. It's the 21st century. Grow up.
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