I find it interesting (and yet somehow not surprising) that the streetcar is partially blamed for the demise of this business. I agree with Ms. Leon that the flavor of downtown has changed and not necessarily for the better. I remember the sort of punk/guerrilla aspect of Downtown Saturday Nights back in the late 80's and early 90's. It's way too structured now and it's the same old stuff month after month. I quit going on a regular basis several years ago, so I guess you could blame me for the demise of La Fashionista as well. :(
I drove Broadway from west of I-10 (Congress, actually) all the way to Wilmot and back for many years. I can't comment on the current traffic rates since it's been several years but I always thought Broadway was a hell of a lot better for that commute than say, Speedway (or God forbid, Grant.) Yes, it can be kind of slow until you get east of Country Club but it always seemed to me I was at least moving instead of sitting at every fricking red light on Speedway. I still use Broadway when I need to head east, although heading west can be unpleasant now when you hit downtown. Not surprised to hear of the total boondoggle this "citizens' committee" has become. I agree--just fix the stupid potholes--COT can't even maintain the current roads. I'm a native Tucsonan, but sometimes I think I should have just chucked it and moved to Phoenix years ago. At least parts of my car wouldn't be coming loose at this point.
Ugh...I had some memorable nights out with friends at The District and am sad to see it go. I can't figure out who exactly these new shiny places are catering to--it certainly ain't locals like me who can't afford to pay $10 for a cocktail. I hardly ever go down there now because I feel so out of place. If there were still places like Yikes, Wonderland, El Retro, Frona's (anyone remember those places?) I'd still make an effort to go, but now, forget it. Also, I find myself feeling a bit too old for 4th Ave. Oh Christ, I'll just stay home and drink....
I think El Charro is hugely overrated. It's been at least 20 years since I've eaten there...after two experiences of mediocre food and lousy service I've never returned. Mi Nidito is way better as are many other places in this city.
Congratulations! I've read the Weekly for many years (since the mid 80's) but as of late I've found it increasingly difficult to enjoy due to the numerous typos and grammatical errors in every single issue. Is there no one proofreading articles before the paper goes to print? (Maybe that position was cut?) Please do something about this. Your article this week on Brian Davis was great but there were several times I had to go back and re-read sentences due to typos, dropped words, etc. Very frustrating and makes the Weekly look like a second-rate paper.
Really a bummer. I agree with the comments about the growing "retail" problem downtown. There used to be a number of used clothing shops, art galleries, kitschy little places like Yikes....all gone. I'm glad to see downtown hopping, but I'm one of those people who don't care to pay $12 for a cocktail and $15 for a burger. Always happy to pay $20 for a nice vintage piece of clothing, though.
I remember when Mike Rapp was on--he did an excellent job and he's sorely missed. I haven't listened since he left...
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