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Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

All a matter of perspective. I first drove I-10 from Phoenix to Tucson after several years living in upstate New York. To a native Southern Californian desperately homesick for Western landscapes the emptiness and long horizons were thoroughly beautiful, and the campground at Pichaco Peak where I spent a night was wilderness enough. Later when I had moved to Tucson and finally did the hike up the peak I ran into a couple from British Columbia who were amazed to find ferns growing along the shaded part of the trail. Beauty is where you find it, and when in a couple of centuries Chinese tourists come to marvel at the shards and remnants of the American empire, whos to say they wont find the husk of an outlet mall as haunting as we do the surviving adobe of Hohokam Casa Grande?

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Posted by Creosote on 01/17/2019 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Never Going Back to Tucson

James Joyce left Dublin never to return, but no one argues over whether he liked Dublin properly because he immortalized it. Sometimes those who need to leave do more for their hometown than those who stay. Nobody could come up with the sentences

Maybe no one ever leaves a place like Tucson, other more generic towns sure, Cincinnati comes to mind, or Fresno, but Tucson? It's like removing a chunk of cholla from your leg, spines are sure to break off only to emerge years later when you least expect it ...

who was not Tucsonan in a deep way, permanent resident or not.

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Posted by Creosote on 06/25/2018 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Goodbye Flycatcher, Hello Seven-Story Apartment Building on Fourth Avenue

I've seen lots of good news and lots of bad news about Tucson since moving away in 1999, but this is maybe the most depressing single item I've seen. Even with setbacks, the precedent of a 7-story building directly on 4th Ave. is ill-considered. There are ways to build past traditional heights and do it right, Philadelphia with the long-abandoned restriction on surpassing the top of City Hall being an example. And there are ways to do it terribly wrong, and I'm living near one now, West Main Street near the U of Virginia which turned from a funky 1930s-40s stretch of low retail buildings to a claustrophobic canyon of high-rise mixed-use whatevers. 4th Avenue doesn't need to be preserved like a Carboniferous dragonfly in amber, but good grief, any changes should be made carefully with as much vetting as the codes allow and the understanding that to a lot of people the Avenue is a sacred space no less than San Xavier.

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Posted by Creosote on 02/09/2018 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Danehy

I was 13 in 1968, old enough to be well aware of what was going on. In those days a clock radio set to a Los Angeles news station woke me up for school. On June 5 it woke me to the news that RFK had been assassinated in my home town. I didn't change my wake-up station, but remember being afraid of what news it would bring each morning for a long time afterwards.

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Posted by Creosote on 01/09/2018 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Media Watch

Coming to this thread late but with a partially dissenting view. I'll admit to a sentimental bias in favor of the Star's digital offerings, given that I was one of the very first folks to sign up with (back when the handful of subscribers would get together for drinks with Bob Cauthorn) & have maintained a Starnet aka login ever since. Not to defend the glitches and delays, but the Star's digital versions are pretty decent. In particular, the e-edition facsimile of the print edition has a well thought out interface and has a dedicated iPad app version that is legible on a tablet. (In contrast, while the version of the TW on is legible if clunky on a wide-screen desktop, Issuu has dragged its feet on an iOS app and forget about trying to read anything on even an iPad with retina display.)

As for the business model and the cost... I won't be able to issue a verdict on that until I find out next month whether or not I continue to be grandfathered in on the very reasonable monthly fee I've been paying for the e-edition for the last half dozen years.

Posted by Creosote on 08/01/2014 at 5:28 PM

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