Five Quotes to Remember When Defending Food Not Bombs’ Right to Feed Unhoused People in De Anza Park

Dr. Goli Baheri reading letter from PDI

The quote that inspired the latest debate about whether or not unhoused people in Tucson deserve to be treated with respect and dignity was embedded in a tweet from the Tucson Police on their Park Safety account on February 7. TPD posted an announcement about Tucson City Code 21-4, asserting that it’s a crime to …

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Class Cleansing? Downtown’s Future Demographic in Pictures

Picture of market place of proposed complex

In a demographic survey of downtown Tucson’s future population — as it is presented in the winning proposal for the building complex to replace the Ronstadt Transit Center — the Occupied Tucson Citizen has ascertained that this population will be overwhelmingly white and middle- or upper-class. Of the 101 total of clip art people shown …

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Privatizing the Old Pueblo

rich, monopoly-man caricature hauling recognizable Tucson icons (Tucson Inn, saguaro cactus, city hall) in a wheelbarrow as he pushes down a ladder with a mother on it as her children look on.

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN The list is long: the Ronstadt Transit Center, Access Tucson, the El Rio Golf Course, the former downtown Greyhound Bus Station, the former YMCA on 5th St., among others. Taken together, they demonstrate a disturbing pattern of the City of Tucson’s desire to sell or lease public land and institutions to private …

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Remembering the Community Vision for the Ronstadt Center

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN In a week in which City Councilmember Shirley Scott proposed a two million dollar cutback to Tucson public transit, she and others who are tempted to start dismantling our already inadequate public transit system would do well to remember the April 2nd “Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center” event at The …

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Whose Vision Is This Anyway?

Artist rendering of Level, 14 story buildings at 1020 North Tyndall

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Every time I pass by the new, five-story stack-up of student housing crammed in along 6th Street between 4th Ave. and 6th Avenue—called “The District”—I pine for the old Lohse Y. And not just because I swam there with my Tucson High PE class in the 60s, or because my daughter learned …

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