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What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson could teach D.C. about how to break free of gridlock

There are no similes. There are no metaphors. No literary device could accurately relate the week in Washington that was July 23-28, 2017. All of which is to say, I told you John McCain would find a way to shank the president. But Tucson was once at loggerheads, with intractable opponents swinging meat axes at one another. We got past it. So can Washington.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Sunshine Mile born to die for progress

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has tagged Broadway between Euclid and Country Club as an endangered place alongside San Francisco's Embarcadero, the Louisiana steamship the Delta Queen, the James River in Virginia and See's Candy on Broadway. One of these things doesn't belong.... Read more»2

'Sunshine Mile' of Broadway named endangered historic place

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added Tucson's Sunshine Mile to its 2016 list of America's 11 most endangered historic places. They say its mid-20th century buildings are threatened by the planned widening of Broadway in Midtown. ... Read more»

Is it time for the RTA to start fixing bad roads?

While riders in one part of Tucson can ride a modern street car and animals crossing north Oracle Road have their own overpass, 80 percent of Tucson's residential streets are rated poor to very poor. About 60 percent of Pima County's roads are said to be fair to poor. Momentum is growing, though, for a solution centered on the Regional Transportation Authority.... Read more»4

RTA touts 755 projects completed over 10 years

Halfway through its authorized 20-year plan, the Regional Transportation Authority is celebrating 755 road projects that have been completed over the past decade — and officials are looking ahead to the future.... Read more»

State of the City

Rothschild: 'Investing in Tucson' likely means higher sales tax

In Mayor Rothschild's "State of the City" speech, he indicated that Tucson leaders are poised to push for a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for core services. "Services have to be paid for, and so we're going to have that conversation with the community," he said.... Read more»

RTA & PAG appoint new officers

The two joint Tucson-area transportation planning agencies has elected new leadership, with Marana Mayor Ed Honea serving as the chair of the Regional Transportation Authority Board, and Sahuarita Mayor Duane Blumberg chairing the Pima Association of Governments' Regional Council.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson leaders need professional help after bond losses

In hatching and selling the 2015 bond program, county leaders played the game of thrones as they have in the past and wound up on the receiving end of a Red Wedding massacre. The broad community coalition responsible for the horror show should ask themselves, "Just how personal was the voter rebuke and how deep runs the antipathy to the players?"... Read more»4

Grant Road widening open house Tuesday night

A meeting Tuesday will include a presentation on the final design for the widening of Grant Road between Stone and Park avenues, and information on design progress for widening projects between Alvernon and Swan roads.... Read more»

Friday is deadline for input on 30-year transportation plan

Want to have your say on how Southern Arizona governments should spend your money on roads and transportation alternatives? Pipe up by the end of the day Friday by taking the "Engage 2045" survey put out by the Pima Association of Governments.... Read more»1

Workers dig into 14-month Silverbell Rd. widening

Construction crews began work Wednesday on a 14-month-long project to widen Silverbell Road, a City of Tucson news release said. ... Read more»

Three new members for RTA/PAG board

The board that oversees the Regional Transportation Authority and Pima Association of Governments has three new members: Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward Manuel, Mayor Miguel Rojas of South Tucson, and Michael Hammond, the Pima County representative on the Arizona State Transportation Board. ... Read more»

Discuss regional transportation at workshop series

The public is invited to give input at three workshops as officials lay the groundwork for a 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. The discussions will be held Wednesday, and on May 19 and 21.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Tearing down the house: 820 E. Grant Road

I wonder if our old house on Grant Road will come down carefully, brick by brick, as it was built up in 1948 by a young World War II veteran and his pregnant wife — my parents. Or whether it will be quickly beaten down by some residential wrecking ball and rolled over by a gigantic bulldozer as the street is widened.... Read more»5

Cunningham to hold transportation forum Wednesday

City Councilman Paul Cunningham will hold a "Transportation 101" forum Wednesday, where Tucson residents will be able to learn more about road repair and commuting issues. The event will focus on Ward 2 projects such as the Sabino Canyon extension and East Side neighborhood pavement projects.... Read more»

State of the City

Rothschild: 'Turning opportunity into results'

In his annual run-down of the State of the City, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild touted Tucson's progress on trade, stemming homelessness among veterans, and paving roadway — and painted a silver lining in Tesla's not opening a factory here. "You don’t always win when you pursue opportunity, but, almost always, you accomplish something worthwhile."... Read more»

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