There isn't a residential revolution going on downtown! There is pure gentrification, which means the low-income renters will be displaced, and the pathetically low-paid working stiffs in Tucson's civil service will be excluded. It isn't the city's responsibility, nor the developers' responsibility, to provide low-income housing. This form of gentrification is social Darwinism at its very best--so shut up already, Dave!
Of course, the future of downtown will not remain the same. Of course prices are skyrocketing, and of course lower-income residents will need to move, but you fail to note the massive expansions in the rental market, including low-cost apartment and condominium living. Sure, this is a sad alternative to a person who has lived downtown his or her whole life, but this is reality. We live in a time and place where every resource is endangered, including water and air.
I think the real issue here is that we are just now coming to terms with the fact that Tucson is far too large for its own good. We must go back to downtown and rethink and revitalize how we live and function within it.
And speaking to the person who was stating that it is impossible to buy a home on a teacher's salary: This is absurd. I am 23. I just graduated from the UA. I plan on teaching, fully aware of the low pay. I purchased my first home in midtown when I was 21, paying $1,500 in closing costs, and my mortgage is manageable.
My last point regards the issues raised about race, gender and income brackets. Anyone who has lived in Tucson for more than one generation is a product of mixed race. So what does it matter if these people are forced to relocate? Why is it that whenever you see a property that looks like nobody has raised a finger in 20 years getting torn down, it's such a sob story? Why can't we move on into a newer, more modern Tucson without having to drag our feet worrying about those who have failed to maintain their properties?
If sustaining goals and milestones means waving goodbye to generations of Tucsonans who have failed to look at the future, I must grit my teeth and digress.
Michael W. Dominguez
I decided to take a break and write a book about some fictional Tucsonans who got together and formed a phobic support group. (Their phobia is William F. Buckley Jr.) In fiction, I could make "my" people do whatever I wanted them to do. While writing this new book, I spent most of my time laughing so hard that I almost fell off my chair several times a day.
Catherine O'Sullivan mentions having her spouse read her work, leaving her feeling naked and vulnerable. Although willing readers are always appreciated, it isn't necessary to depend on family or friends. There are many editorial companies that will read your work for a nominal fee and provide you with constructive criticism.
That said, I would also like to point out that, after 60, positive reinforcement is not all that important. She has something to look forward to.
Louise Kane Vimmerstedt
It is vital to our democracy that the president uphold the law in spirit as well as in letter. Should he think that changes are needed in the laws of our land, it is up to him to go to Congress to enact changes.
Congress must show that it and the American people will not condone presidential actions that at best skirt the letter of the law--by censuring the president as Sen. Russ Feingold has so courageously proposed.
I was actually not among the women interviewed for this article, and if Linda Ray or Amber Askey had asked me at any point whether I was an active feminist, they would have gotten a resounding "yes." I know that the word "feminist" pushes all kinds of buttons for people, maybe particularly these days with the ultra-conservative backlash in the mainstream media. Despite whatever stereotypes or fears anyone has about being called a feminist, for me it simply means anyone one who acknowledges that there is a particular type of discrimination based on gender, and that the injustice wrought by this is so pervasive in our world that it deserves its own area of focused study and activism. Anyway, I'm grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this event, and for the exposure the Weekly gave us. I would just ask Linda Ray to be careful about putting words in people's mouths.
The Weekly apologizes for the error.