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.