Run Away from Tucson - Fast! One of worst planned - 10/2/2016
All Ye who enter here, leave hope behind!
Politicians in Tucson want you to keep your head in the sand. Make sure you keep your blinders on as you drive through crappy housing in crappy neighborhood after crappy neighborhood throughout most of Tucson. If you must move here, move outside of the city limits to Vail or Oro Valley (for your children's sake at least) and hope they eventually put a freeway in within the 'next century' or so. Tucson is the slowest moving and most apathetic place you can imagine. Their motto is to let nature takes its course so they let everything die and rot in place including roads, buildings, neighborhoods, and culture. There is little sense of a community that has the capacity to come together, cooperate, and make anything great here. It's hands-off in Tucson which means anything goes. Apathy rules the day. Denial is big business. Nobody seems to care and for the most part, they're lazy - que sera, sera.
The politicians are not professionals and don't know what they're doing. They're friendly to your face but don't expect anything to change. All of Tucson's problems were preventable if they'd ever hired talent and people with vision. But they haven't and they won't. The only things they seem capable of managing at all are their very small downtown and the area around the university. Other than that, everyone is on your own. Every other part of town is left to its own devices which means entropy rules - things always deteriorate and fall apart. The streets are ugly. 70s strip malls dominate. There's no landscaping to soften the view.
This is a relatively new western Sunbelt city that should be up-and-coming, not mired in a relentless housing crisis and an endless economic recession while the rest of the country has come bounding back with gusto. I hope you like to bike and hike because that's all there is to do. You also have to love retirees and a really slow pace because they run the show here. The rich ones from the Foothills and the poor ones in Tucson. [Reply to this Posting...]