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Tucson, AZ


re: A DEPRESSING, HOT AND HORRIBLE PLACE - 2/6/201
- 4/25/2010
This has to be one of the most uninformed, negative and inaccurate reviews I have ever read on a city. Yes, it's true. Tucson is in the desert, so it makes sense that it would be dry and hot. But it's also one of the most popular spots for bicyclists to train during the winter months, is considered a northern subtropical zone, has phenomenal avian diversity, and some of the most beautifully stark and lovely state parks I've ever seen. Tucson's history is rich, its cultural avenues for geology, astronomy, and the environmental abound, and you find yourself bored - it's your own fault. Yes, crime is an issue in Tucson, about as much as any city, as are drugs; but to generalize a city's problems to the entirety of the city, rather than specific areas and demographics is deplorable. Like L.J.B., I have lived all over the United States, and after seven years away from Tucson, I returned because it appealed to me. More than the northwest, the midwest, the northeast, or the southeast. I suppose this uninformed review reminds me, more than anything, of a bit from Edward Abbey's book, "Desert Solitaire", when Abbey is speaking to a tourist from Cleveland: "I wouldn't want to live here. So dry and desolate. Nice for pictures but my God I'm glad I don't have to live here." Abbey's response: "I'm glad too, sir. We're in perfect agreement. You wouldn't want to live here, I wouldn't want to live in Cleveland. We're both satisfied with the arrangement as it is. Why change it?"
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