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Photo Essay: Downtown Tucson Revisited

In my previous post, I talked about the good, bad, and ugly aspects of Downtown Tucson revitalization. Time for an update.

I noted a messy situation in the Aviation Underpass, which is on one of the main routes in and out of Downtown. In recent months, this area had turned into one of the littering hotspots of Tucson.

To the point where volunteers on the monthly Meet Me at Maynards Downtown cleanup were told to refrain from doing any trash pickup. From my perspective as one of these volunteers, I found this news to be very disappointing. What’s worse, the cleanup’s organizer told me that she had called the city four times.

Still no cleanup in the Aviation Underpass.

After I finished last week’s post, I did something that I usually don’t do. I sent out a batch of e-mail alerts — and included our current mayor, the six Tucson city council members, and one mayoral candidate on my list.

Very quickly, I heard back from the mayoral candidate and the two city council wards that include Downtown. The even better news is that I was told that Aviation Underpass would get a cleanup.

Indeed it did.

It was monthly cleanup time during this past Monday’s Meet Me at Maynards event. And guess where there was very little work for us volunteers to do? In the Aviation Underpass — which had just gotten quite the cleanup. I had to find other places to fill my garbage bag.

So, thank you City of Tucson.

In the interest of keeping the good Downtown Tucson vibe going, how about some mural art? Murals are one of the many artistic touches that make Downtown such a visual feast…

Photo essays - Wall mural in Downtown Tucson, Arizona

I’ll conclude with a note about the Tucson weather: It’s hot out there. But triple-digit temperatures aren’t keeping Tucsonans away from the Meet Me at Maynards walk or run. (You can do both, if you’re so inclined.)

Smart Meet Me at Maynards participants know that it’s important to stay hydrated. Doesn’t matter if you’re Schatzi the dachshund…

Photo essays - Schatzi the dachshund stays hydrated during the Meet Me at Maynards walk in Downtown Tucson, Arizona

…or a human walker or runner. Make sure you have plenty of water with you…

Photo essays - Walkers in the weekly Meet Me at Maynards event, Downtown Tucson, Arizona

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