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Sun Link opening: Local businesses all aboard with streetcar events

Stretching from the University of Arizona, down 4th Avenue and through Downtown to the Mercado District on the West Side, restaurants, clubs and businesses along the line of the new Sun Link streetcar will mark the opening of the route with a weekend of dozens of events, from the family-friendly to more adult pursuits. Here’s a run-down of all the fun:... Read more»

Some Downtown streets to close for Sun Link celebrations

City officials will close some streets and restrict traffic on others overnight Thursday and into Friday as festivities Downtown mark the opening of the Sun Link streetcar.... Read more»7

Report: Driving drops in Az as more ride public transportation

Public transit use rose across Arizona as the number of miles driven dwindled, according to a new report that called for shifting funds from “unnecessary” highway projects to mass transit. The report said bus and rail ridership grew across the state from 2005 to 2010, largely driven by increases in Phoenix and Tucson, while the number of miles driven has fallen.... Read more»

Sneak a peek at Sun Link streetcar

Politicians and longtime backers of the new Tucson streetcar system got a chance to ride Sun Link on Monday morning. The 3.9-mile, $197 million streetcar line will open to the public Friday, with free rides over the first weekend. (photos and video)... Read more»1

MegaMania!! comic confab set to draw crowds Saturday

Do you adore anime? Are you mad about manga? MegaMania!!, the Pima County Public Library’s fourth annual comics convention, returns Saturday at the Downtown Campus of Pima Community College.... Read more»

Kozachik criticizes Guatemalan consulate over migrant crisis

City Councilman Steve Kozachik is criticizing the Guatemalan consulate for eliminating, if temporarily, the position of point person to meet the hundreds of migrants from that nation passing through Tucson’s Greyhound bus terminal.... Read more»

Sixth Avenue underpass closing for maintenance

The Sixth Avenue underpass will be closed this week to allow for maintenance work.... Read more»

A Mountain fireworks light up the night

A rain shower or two kept A Mountain from catching fire this year, but Tucson’s fireworks display blazed into the night sky over Downtown.... Read more»

Bring on the rain at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta

The humidity is beginning to rise, and if you breath deeply you might just catch the scent of rain in the air. Yes, Tucson, it’s almost time for the summer rains. And that means it’s time to celebrate the monsoon at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta on Tuesday evening.... Read more»

Sixth Avenue underpass closing for maintenance

The Sixth Avenue underpass will be closed this week for maintenance work.... Read more»

Art programs’ move to warehouse boosts ASU’s downtown presence

For Dean Reynolds, pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in painting at a new studio space downtown rather than at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus means greater opportunities to connect with the thriving art community here.... Read more»

'Johnny Gibson's Market' to be first Downtown grocery in decades

Updated: Workers and residents in Tucson’s Downtown will be able to grab a loaf of bread and gallon of milk before they hop on the streetcar, when the area’s first full-service grocery store in decades opens on South 6th Avenue. The store is a partnership between the current and former owners of Rincon Market.... Read more»4

And 'Rio Nuevo' stayed its name-o

After spending $6,000 to hold a contest to solicit new names, Tucson’s downtown development district stuck with the familiar Tuesday. The board of the taxing district voted to keep the moniker “Rio Nuevo,” deciding against a name change.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Egan: City budget must reflect citizens' priorities

Most citizens probably don’t overly concern themselves with their city, county, state, or the federal budgets unless they see a direct connection on how the decisions made by their representatives directly affect their personal situation. Unfortunately, by the time many of us start asking questions, the decisions have already been made and the train (or trolley) has left the station and the taxpayers are stuck with the bill.... Read more»2

Rio what now? Neo, Nuevo, Nuestro, other names floated

The board of Tucson’s downtown development district dithered on a name change Tuesday, but picked six possibilities from among more than 100 submitted by high school students. The options for rebranding Rio Nuevo are: Sentinel Square, Puebla de Vida, Nuestro Centro, Nueva Vista, Nuevo Tucson and Neo Tucson.... Read more»

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