A Small Example of How, on the 10th Anniversary of Occupy Tucson, Homeless People Are Still Screwed

Picture of Armory Park, showing absence of picnic tables

The Occupied Tucson Citizen working group, the last active portion of Occupy Tucson, recently held its first in-person meeting since pre-COVID days. More to the point, it held the meeting on the tenth anniversary (plus one day) of the founding of Occupy Tucson and on the site of Occupy’s first encampment, Armory Park in downtown …

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Politically Non-Political: The 10th Anniversary of Occupy Tucson (Some Reflections)

Photo from an Occupy Tucson backed march from January of 2012

It was, I think, Barack Obama’s decision to rescue the banks and largely ignore the people that helped to create the political backdrop for Occupy. It was as though Obama’s campaign slogan of 2008, “Yes, we can,” had degenerated into “No, we can’t – at least not for you.” The political backlash this generated from …

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Noel Coward Reveals Bankruptcy of Library’s Book Collection Policy

In 2013 I was in the public library in Youngstown, Ohio, noticing something that would surprise any regular user of Pima County Public Library (PCPL) – old books. Specifically, in this case, several old books by the popular British playwright Noel Coward, including multiple copies of his celebrated play, “Blithe Spirit.” At that time I …

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Ronstadt Transit Center Redevelopment Back in Play (Commentary)

Picture of the Peach Properties Proposal, showing the bus lane, for picking up and dropping off passengers, that would replace the current transit center.

Not long ago it seemed as if the long threatened destruction of the Ronstadt Transit Center had been consigned to the dustbin of history. But this is not the case. The City Council voted on Thursday to approve a 168 page redevelopment agreement with Peach Properties, a local real estate firm that plans to raise …

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The Class and Cultural Cleansing of Downtown Tucson Nears Completion

Picture of window of Shot in the Dark Cafe showing "open 24 hours", "we never sleep and neither should you", etc.

In his January 13 column for the Arizona Daily Star, “Downscale spots in downtown Tucson in danger of disappearing,” Tim Steller makes two important points: 1) It’s possible that soon there won’t be any places downtown “that don’t cater to moneyed people”; and 2) The overuse of tax incentives offered by the city of Tucson …

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