Archive for March, 2016


Historic Broadway widening links and articles

posted March 31, 2016

“Intro to Broadway Widening Project – Who What, When, Why: Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while Producing No Traffic Improvement?”
Overview and background, an intro for people who are learning about the situation. By Dave Bilgray.
http://www.sustainabletucson.org/2016/03/intro-to-broadway-project-who-what-when-why-why-why/
 
An excellent OpEd by Tucson architect Bob Vint on how Historic [...]

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Intro to Broadway Project – Who, What, When, Why?

posted March 31, 2016

Why Are We Spending $74 Million
and
Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area
while
Producing No Traffic Improvement?
 
The Broadway Improvement Project is not needed, and will provide no benefit to the residents of Tucson.  The City’s own data shows that widening Broadway will provide only a 6-second improvement in travel time.
 
The City of Tucson wants to bulldoze [...]

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Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?

posted March 31, 2016

Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?

Here is the scope of work

The phrases below are excerpted from the 2011 Scope of Work issued by COT Dept. of Procurement for the Broadway Project used to issue the contract to HDR Engineering.
 
The consultant is to establish

“an innovative and context sensitive, solutions-oriented approach toward the [...]

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City’s April 2016 Plan differs from Previous Recommendations and Adoptions

posted March 31, 2016

There are large differences from the base alignment that the Citizen Task Force (CTF) recommended and the Mayor and Council adopted in May 2015. They are:
 
1.     Many more buildings, historic and businesses, will be acquired and demolished. It appears to be at a minimum around 30, not the 10 to 12 promised earlier.
2.    [...]

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10 Impacts of the Proposed Broadway Widening

posted March 31, 2016

1) The current alignment (the 30% design) ignores public input, which overwhelmingly advocated for preservation of the historic streetscape and local businesses.
 
2) The 30% design defies the direction of Mayor and Council, who approved an alignment that would have caused the loss of at most 11 historic buildings. The proposed 30% design will take out [...]

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Sustainability on the Chopping Block – Tucson City Council Decision April 19th

posted March 31, 2016

[ Tuesday, April 19, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

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This is an urgent appeal to the Sustainability Community to show up and speak out for sustainability and reject an unnecessary road widening plan which will cost millions and do nothing for sustainable mobility and economic vitality.
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We have limited opportunities to help shape decisions about urban form and public infrastructure which effect the way [...]

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Sign online petition for a sustainable Broadway

posted March 26, 2016

Petition by iPetitions
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Data crunched: Broadway widening WILL NOT speed cars…or buses…or pedestrians…or even bicycles!

posted March 26, 2016

Analysis of RTA and COT’s own numbers shows widening Broadway will not cut travel times for cars or anyone else.
So why are we spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars amidst a budget crisis?
(A)  The proposed work will have almost zero (~1.4%) benefit, as the Design Concept Report (DCR) data itself declares.
(B)  Regional Transportation Authority [...]

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CALL TO ACTION!

posted March 25, 2016

[ Tuesday, March 29, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]
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Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic?
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The City of Tucson is proposing to:
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1)   Widen Historic Broadway even though traffic hasn’t increased for 20 years,
2)  Demolish 30+ buildings and businesses, and
3)  Ignore the community’s plea to design for a vibrant, history and place-preserving, climate-friendly future where local [...]

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Feeding Tucson Food Resilience meeting

posted March 22, 2016

[ Wednesday, March 23, 2016; 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. ] Following the successful Urban Farm Tour on March 5, we will be meeting on Wednesday, March 23 to continue the discussion. The objective of the meeting is to identify next steps to help make Tucson more Food Resilient. We will consider two possible projects:

• Develop a grant application to the new [...]

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Climate Change and Pima County Operations

posted March 2, 2016

[ Monday, March 14, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Climate Change and Pima County Operations:
Mitigation and Adaptation through Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, and Renewable Energy

The Sustainable Tucson general meeting for March continues this year’s focus on climate change and local impacts and actions.

In Pima County, residents, businesses, and public services primarily rely on energy generated by natural gas and coal-fired thermoelectric plants and [...]

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Urban Farm Tour

posted February 21, 2016

[ Saturday, March 5, 2016; 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Tucson currently grows millions of pounds of food right in the urban area, but we don’t see it because it comes from many, many places in small quantities.

Now you can join the Feeding Tucson Urban Farm Tour on March 5 to see examples of the future of Tucson’s secure food system.

During this 5-hour tour, participants [...]

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UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

posted January 18, 2016

[ Monday, January 25, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 8, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 22, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 29, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, March 7, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

A Series of Six Lectures
Exploring Our World and Ourselves

Mondays, January 25 – March 7
7:00-8:00 PM
UA Centennial Hall

Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural systems upon which we depend. Globally, [...]

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