Tucson’s Bright Future
February 9, 2012
A shout out for City Manager Richard Miranda who had a nice letter published February 6, 2012 in the New York Times!
DEAR EDITORS: As Tucson’s city manager, I assure you that even with the departure of Major League Baseball spring training, life is good. Today, we are enjoying 75-degree weather and the arrival of 50,000 visitors from around the world for our yearly Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase. At the same time, we are breaking ground on our new Modern Streetcar line that will link the University of Arizona campus with our eclectic and thriving downtown.
One thing Tucsonans don’t suffer from is a “second-city syndrome,” as you put it. Your comparison between Phoenix and Tucson, praising Phoenix for its wealth and implied sophistication, just doesn’t register with us. Tucson is old and rich in history, is university-centered, surrounded by majestic mountains and located just 60 miles from Mexico. No offense to Phoenix, but there is no comparison.
It was difficult to lose spring training with the history and tradition it represents, but the construction cost for the new facilities demanded was not affordable. Pursuing soccer may be a better fit for Tucson, allowing us to live prudently within our means while amplifying our city’s unique place in the world. This approach positions Tucson for strong economic gains in the years ahead.
Tucson, Jan. 31, 2012