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  • National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) highlighted the partnership between the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, HOPE VI funding, HOME funding, Pima County Bonds, Land Sale Proceeds, and Community Development Block Grant Funding that built the MLK building, which “represents an unprecedented innovation in community-based planning, site configuration and context, and multifamily building design.”
  • Outside Magazine called Tucson “The Hottest Playground” when it named the city one of the Best Towns Ever.
  • Tucson ranks in the top 20 of Forbes Most Innovative Cities.
  • Time Magazine called Tucson an Intelligent City for our innovative water conservation techniques.
  • A survey by Forbes found that Tucson has the eighth shortest commute in the country.
  • The Center for Digital Government and Government Technology named Tucson as one of their 2010 Digital Cities for achievements that show that a project delivers hard-dollar returns.
  • Tucson’s sustainable buildings led to Sunset Magazine naming us a “Town of the Future.”
  • The American Lung Association ranked Tucson #1 for air quality. In the 2011 rankings, Tucson is first for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for 24-hour particle pollution and third for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for annual particle pollution.
  • Tucson is rated one of the “Top 10 Best Bets for Housing Recovery” by CNN.
  • The US Department of Energy recognized Tucson as one of their Solar America Cities.
  • Fletcher McCusker, CEO of Providence Service Corp., says “This is really happening,” when asked by the Arizona Daily Star  about the success of 2nd Saturdays Downtown and how private development is driving Downtown revitalization.
  • Best Boomer Towns cited Downtown as one of the elements that make Tucson one of the 21 best places to retire, saying “Downtown Tucson and its impressive glass and steel skyscrapers reflect images of the past. Led by tourist demand, galleries, high end shopping, boutiques and cafes have given the city new life.”
  • BizTucson discusses Downtown Tucson’s “striking renaissance”.
  • Tucson has earned the Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists.
  • Yahoo says Tucson is one of the “World’s Most Underrated Cities,” pointing out that “Some of downtown Tucson’s historic buildings have been given a second lease on life. Have a drink at Hotel Congress before attending a concert at The Rialto, a theater built during the Roaring Twenties.”

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