Four Tucson notes

  • As far as I can tell, Cafe Poca Cosa is still the best restaurant in the city.
  • Front page news during our stay:  the state has outlawed the Tucson school system’s Mexican American Studies program.
  • Downtown Tucson is an interesting case study for people interested in urban cores.  Grand old theaters, lots of vacant buildings, Cafe Poca Cosa, and strangely specific yet apparently operational businesses (Ace Rubber Stamps, Wig-O-Rama.)  Almost nobody on the street at 5pm on a Wednesday.  On the other hand, no sense of blight.  Is Tucson considered a successful downtown renewal, a failed one, or something in between?
  • The only Republican campaign signs I saw in Tucson were for Ron Paul, and there were quite a few of them.  Remark:  this is also true of Madison.
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4 thoughts on “Four Tucson notes

  1. Richard Séguin says:

    Where are the Ron Paul signs in Madison? Certainly not in my neighborhood.

    I believe I’ve heard that Ron Paul is getting enthusiastic and effective organizational support from the white supremacist movement and other groups in the extreme right.

  2. Dave says:

    I think it’s considered a renewal in progress, showing signs of life but proceeding more slowly than one might have hoped, as a result of the recession. Did you find the cocktail bar Scott & Co across the street from Poca Cosa?

    Some of those Ron Paul signs are still left over from 2008, btw.

  3. JSE says:

    At least two houses on my usual Near West Side routes are sporting Ron Paul signs. And there’s been a fair amount of Ron Paul chalking on the campus portion of the SW bike path.

  4. Richard Séguin says:

    Now that you mention chalking, I do recall having seen Ron Paul chalking on Bascom Hill and the bridge over to the Humanities Building. That may have been in 2008 though. I don’t think I saw any of it a couple of weeks ago, the last time I walked up the hill.

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