"LAZY and unambitious people live in Tucson...97% of this sentence is true."
Well, at least you know when you're feeding people a load of bullshit.
I suppose the employees of Raytheon, DM's Air Force personnel, and University staff isn't a part of this list. I also assume that people like Linda Ronstadt, Ian Kinnsler, Lute Olsen, and Calexico aren't counted, either. And, surely you are striking any achievements in astronomy, medicine, and agriculture made at the U of A, as well as any of the many succesful graduates from Eller.
And, local restauranteurs like the owners of Lindy's and Guerro Canelo who have been featured on national television must round out your 3% of exception.
Sit down with your uninvited bashing of the only city that keeps Arizona from sinking into a Republican cesspool. You sound like someone defending a piñata at a Mezican birthday party...no one wants to hear it.
Move on, Troll.
Arizona State WOULD sponsor an article that bashes Tucson.
At least Tucson's state representatives don't vote overwhelmingly for bigot bills and our university's sports are consistent.
I'll wait until someone with some actual credibility features an article about Tucson before I get get angry enough to send Slate any attention (and, honesty, any would be better than the attention they receive now).
Portland insists that it stays weird. New Hampshire insists it lives free or dies. So, why should Tucson not insist to stay shitty??
I think that your point, while well expressed, is lost the moment you refer to those that are the "Shitty" crowd as shitty themselves. Tucson had ALWAS been refered to as a "shithole" by non-residents (Hell, I've heard just as many locals use the same term) due to it's lack of big city nightlife, trendy restaurants, and commercial corporate businesses. And, a majority of us liked Tucson that way. It kept out the droves of tourism crowds that plague Phoenix, the college kids left during Summer and Winter meaning that the residents had half of the year to themselves, and it kept the constant cycle of "trendy businesses" out while allowing local businesses to fill the same niche.
Now, we've abandoned the businesses, things, and people that have made Tucson the endearing, amazing, essentric black hole that could never quite let you go, unique. While LANDMARKS like El Mercado Plaza, El Parador, DeAnza Drive-In, Toxic Ranch, El Taco, and yes, even the Grill give way to "progress", we lose part of ourselves and our uniqueness to something bright and new and insignificant to our history and growth as a city. While we pour our money into shallow attempts to make a quick buck from a college kid and a bored community, we are literally forgetting about the things that made Tucson what it was, is, and deserves to be. Tucson was a "shitty" town that attracted and retrained the attention of those that loved it for what it is. It's culture. It's beauty. It's community. Downtown has become wash of those elements. I feel this is best evidenced when you realize that the mural that adorned the side of the Chicago Music Store for as long as I can remember has become an unappealing white wall. A tribute to the banal concrete dorms that now invade the area.
We have dumped MILLIONS into Rio Nuevo to do nothing more than leave leave thousands of our town's residents jaded while ignoring the issues suffered by our largest school district, animal shelter, and CITY WIDE transportation (not just a college to downtown streetcar). Are we saying that the money and amusement if visitors is more valuable and appealing that that of the Pueblo's residents? It sometimes feels like it...
There really is nowhere else in the World quite like this place and the people it raises. I think it's a shame to lose all the things that have made Tucson what Tucson is for the past 20-50+ years in such a short span for "growth and progress" with no apology for the trouncing and generalization of a city with one of the most unique and complex cultures in the country. You're washing away the dirt and grime that cover the foundation of Tucson for your Connecticut based gastropub to appeal to a band of temporary residents while offering a shrug to the residents it leaves left behind. Some of us are left to pick up the pieces of a Tucson we love while others are lost in the shiny newness of a Tucson that we don't recognize. And, those others just don't care.
That, my friend, is what I call a shitty attitude by a shitty person with a selfish opinion. And, someone that never knew Tucson in the first place.
Brandon Lavenski for Keeping Tucson Shitty
P.S. I will add that I appreciate the renovations to such landmarks as the Rialto and Fox Theatre. Not all changes are horrible things. The point here is to sympathize with those that have lived here their entire lives, uninterrupted for 20-some years, who have lost A LOT of Tucson's seemingly permi net uniqueness permanently recently.
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