Thursday, March 26, 2009

El Rio Nuevo Secundo

About 70 people involved in the newly formed Friends of Tucson's Birthplace intend to push city leaders to complete the Mission Gardens, where adobe walls are under construction to enclose the gardens just off Grande Avenue and Mission Lane.

With Rio Nuevo tax increment financing dwindling during the economic downturn, the City Council and Hein last month decided to focus nearly all Rio Nuevo attention on the Tucson Convention Center hotel, the TCC expansion and the Tucson Arena.

First of all, let me say that I am all for saving local landmarks and history. I think links to our past are important. Art and culture should be saved so as to show future generations an artistic look into our life and times.

This is not one of those projects. The archaeological dig here was. Building replications is not. We are in a financial crisis in this town. The State is NOT going to give us any more money towards this project, or anything similar for a long, long, long time.

Tucson needs to focus on it's needs first. Fire, Police, Roads, Water and Sanitaion, all take precedent. If there is money left over, then maybe, just maybe, we can look at building replicas of long lost buildings!

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