Good evening mayor, council, workers, & audience members. Thank you for sharing your time and attention. I’m Mary DeCamp, a local activist. No permanent residence; more a butterfly approach to landing here and there, sampling the neighborhood nectars, as it were. I’m not paid to speak for anyone, yet I have the audacity to think […]
In an episode of the old TV series Dragnet, an aspiring writer is having minor scrapes with the law because he is ignoring his financial responsibilities, especially to his wife. As he explains to Sgt. Joe Friday, he is having these troubles because he must focus his energy on trying to write a great novel […]
Read John Cooper’s full letter to Tucson’s Mayor and Council—Ed The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to […]
The City of Tucson has been in the process of a redevelopment of the Ronstadt Transit Center – the downtown hub for the city bus system — since the fall of 2013. They conducted a series of stakeholder meetings in early 2014, put out a Request for Qualifications and have now received preliminary proposals from […]
Photos of the “Safe Park” encampment of the activist homeless at Veinte de Agosto Park at Church and Congress in downtown Tucson. See also What Does a Homeless Protest Look Like?
In a confused approach toward the homeless, Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller’s recent articles capture some of our collective cultural ambivalence. On the one hand, Steller has tried to wake people up about our society’s neglect of the homeless. Last November, he wrote of his unease when voting for a proposition that would raise […]
Mr. Mayor, tear down these bars. Like Councilperson Romero told us over a year ago she intended to do. Tear down the bars between the El Rio Neighborhood and the El Rio Golf Course and between the course and Joaquin Murietta Park, let nature and human nature breathe again, let heaven and nature sing without […]