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Spring 2017 Permaculture Design Course – Tucson

posted January 21, 2017

[ Saturday, February 4, 2017; Sunday, February 5, 2017; Saturday, February 11, 2017; Sunday, February 12, 2017; ] The 22nd Annual Permaculture Design Course – a Tucson tradition! This course happens over five weekends every February and March. Registration for the 2017 Spring course begins on August 10th.

Dates for the the upcoming Spring 2017 course are the following five weekends -Feb. 4th and 5th, Feb. 11th and 12th, Feb 25th and 26th, Mar. [...]

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“BEFORE THE FLOOD” – Climate Change from around our Global Earth

posted January 21, 2017

[ Saturday, February 11, 2017; 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] A FILM about Climate Change as viewed around our Global Earth
With Leonardo DiCaprio, produced by National Geographic

At the YWCA at 525 North Bonita Avenue
4 PM – 7 PM
On Saturday, February 11, 2017

An evening of coalition building around issues of social [...]

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COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FAIR

posted January 18, 2017

[ Monday, February 20, 2017; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ] MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, President’s Day, 4:30-6:30
THE HISTORIC Y, 300 E. University Blvd.
This is an event:

- for social and environmental activists to connect and engage and learn about the great work that others are doing with whom they may not be so familiar

- for those with little or no experience in activism who are frustrated by [...]

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Tucson Citizens Climate Lobby

posted January 12, 2017

[ Saturday, January 14, 2017; 9:30 am to 10:45 am. ] Saturday Jan. 14th 2017 at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St, Tucson, AZ 85719.

Please join our greater Tucson CCL group for our monthly meeting that starts with welcome and coffee at 9:30, our chapter meeting from 10:00 to 11:00am, followed by our international call. Meeting adjourns at 11:45.

This month’s [...]

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SAz Solar Partnership – ACC and solar customers

posted January 11, 2017

[ Thursday, January 19, 2017; 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Southern Arizona Solar Partnership will discuss what the recent ACC decisions mean for future solar customers. Get your solar questions answered!!

The Southern Arizona Solar Partnership is a group of folks interested in solar: installers, government people, solar customers and those who just want to see more solar in Tucson!! We meet every other month at [...]

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“Get Back on Your Bike” Class

posted January 6, 2017

[ Saturday, January 7, 2017; 8:00 am to 10:00 am. ] Join the County’s Bike and Pedestrian Program for an easy 2-hour ride where we get you set up and ready to ride, discuss basic bike topics, and ride local streets to familiarize yourself with how to operate your bike safely. Participants must be able to already ride a bike. Recommended for adults and youth ages [...]

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12th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event!

posted January 6, 2017

[ Saturday, January 7, 2017; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Grease Pour

The 12th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event will take place on January 7, 2017. This event will give you an opportunity to start the New Year off right by dropping off your used cooking oil and grease from all your holiday cooking and baking.

Since the grease collection event began in November 2005, we [...]

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Board of Supervisors hearings on Monsanto

posted January 6, 2017

[ Monday, January 9, 2017; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Friday, January 13, 2017; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Tuesday, January 17, 2017; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Wednesday, January 18, 2017; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Thursday, January 19, 2017; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] The Pima County Board of Supervisors has tasked County administration with holding public meetings in each supervisors’ district in order to provide the public more information about the Monsanto proposal and the county’s role in the proposal, and to receive feedback from the public.
The scheduled meetings will be:

District 1: January, 9, 2017; 5 [...]

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Occupy Inauguration Day in Tucson

posted January 6, 2017

[ Friday, January 20, 2017; 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] January 20, froom 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Mercado San Agustin, 100 S Avenida del Convento

Many speakers on topics including climate change and renewable energy.

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Rally to Protect Immigrants & Refugees

posted January 6, 2017

[ Friday, January 6, 2017; 12:00 pm; ] January 14, at 12:00 noon
Tucson Federal Building, 300 W Congress St.

Climate refugees are increasing. Climate activists have issued a call to prepare to provide sanctuary and to resist beginning Saturday, January 14th. A broad coalition that includes United We Dream, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Center for Community Change, FIRM, Standing on the Side of Love, [...]

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Tucson Climate Action Network monthly meeting

posted January 6, 2017

[ Wednesday, January 11, 2017; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] January 11, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
350Tucson clubhouse, 255 W. University Blvd.
3 blocks west of Stone Ave., 1 block east of Main, south side of the street
On the Third St / Univ. Blvd Bikeway
Stone/University bus stop serves Sun Tran routes 4, 10, 16, and 19, all running till 11:00pm or later

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Day Against Denial national day of climate action & resistance

posted January 6, 2017

[ Monday, January 9, 2017; 4:20 pm to 5:30 pm. ] January 9, from 4:20 to 5:30 PM
Sen. John McCain’s Tucson office, 407 W. Congress St.
(Just west of Granada & Congress, where there are stops for the Sun Link streetcar and Sun Tran routes 21 & 22. Routes 7 & 12 stop one block to the east, at Church Ave.)

Call on your Senators and ALL Senators [...]

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Tucson Solidarity Rally

posted January 6, 2017

[ Saturday, January 21, 2017; 12:00 pm; ] Saturday, January 21, Noon
Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Tucson

Tucson Solidarity invites and welcomes our whole community to respond to the election of Trump in a way that acknowledges and celebrates our solidarity with each other.

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Women’s March on Washington – Tucson March

posted January 6, 2017

[ Saturday, January 21, 2017; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Saturday, January 21
10:00 a.m. to noon
Marching from Armory Park to Joel Valdez Main Library

From the event page: “This event is open to all in Tucson who ‘stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse [...]

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Teach-in and March for Unity and Solidarity

posted January 6, 2017

[ Friday, January 20, 2017; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] Old Main, University of Arizona
March from UA to El Presidio Park following the Teach-in
For details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1194073983974459/

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Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow Coming to Tucson

posted January 6, 2017

[ Saturday, January 7, 2017; 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. ] The #Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow, organized by Center for Biological Diversity with other national and local groups, is crossing the country, stopping in 16 cities on its way to Washington, D.C. on its way to protesting at the presidential inauguration.

“The roadshow is rallying and empowering defenders of civil rights and the environment to resist the dangerous [...]

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Communicating Climate Change

posted December 24, 2016

[ Tuesday, January 10, 2017; 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] Our January General Meeting focuses on issues of how we communicate on Climate Change. To stimulate our discussion, we will view selections from a lecture titled “Climate Change in the American Mind,” by Anthony Leiserowitz, the Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

The program includes a reading by Susan Feathers (one of the [...]

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December Meeting – Celebrating Community and Sustainability

posted December 4, 2016

[ Monday, December 12, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] At our December meeting, we will show how you can celebrate the holidays sustainably. Our first guest, Local First Arizona, will talk about the benefits of shopping “locally” and provide a local guide. Next, we’ve invited Upcycle Tucson to demonstrate how to use recycled materials to make art, gifts, and gift-wraps. We’ll close the evening [...]

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COP22: A Multimedia Presentation and Discussion about the UN Climate Talks in Marrakech

posted November 28, 2016

[ Tuesday, December 6, 2016; 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Speaker(s):
Remy Franklin, Masters Candidate, School of Geography and Development
Location:
ENR2, Rm S230

School of Geography and Development MA Candidate Remy Franklin tells the story of COP22 from his perspective as an activist and observer with the youth advocacy organization, SustainUS.

Sponsored by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.

Light refreshments will [...]

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Localizing Our Economy

posted November 11, 2016

[ Monday, November 14, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Please join Sustainable Tucson for the November General Meeting, “Localizing Our Economy.” We’re excited to present speakers on two innovative tools for financing local entrepreneurs and stimulating the local economy.

• Jim and Pamela Powers Hannley, from Arizonans for a New Economy, will speak on the benefits and possibility of creating an Arizona State Bank, a [...]

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Localizing Our Economy

posted October 31, 2016

[ Monday, November 14, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Please join Sustainable Tucson for the November General Meeting, “Localizing Our Economy.” We’re excited to present speakers on two innovative tools for financing local entrepreneurs and stimulating the local economy.

Jim and Pamela Powers Hannley, from Arizonans for a New Economy, will speak on the benefits and possibility of creating an Arizona State Bank, a system [...]

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Religious response to environmental issues

posted October 25, 2016

[ Saturday, October 29, 2016; 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot Road, will discuss global climate change and the impact to the environment with five speakers, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. An optional Mass begins at 8:30 a.m.

According to press materials, speakers include:

Katie Hirschboeck, associate professor of climatology for [...]

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UN Conference in Tucson on Food & Water in Arid Lands

posted October 24, 2016

[ Friday, November 4, 2016; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Saturday, November 5, 2016; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] A Food and Water Conference, and a Celebration of Place

WHAT: The 2016 ITKI ● UNESCO ● City of Gastronomy Conference in Tucson, Arizona, USA: Food and Water in Arid Lands: Dialogues across Contemporary and Traditional Knowledge

WHEN: Opens on Friday, November 4, 2016 and concludes on Saturday, November 5 at 5pm, followed by a closing celebration [...]

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6th Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival

posted October 12, 2016

[ Sunday, October 16, 2016; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]
We’re very excited about this year’s Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, this Sunday, October 16, 11am-4pm, at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave., with an amazing variety of exhibitors and vendors, speakers, food, music, and lots of fun for all. Check out the Festival website for details.

The Festival is taking place close to Tucson’s origins, [...]

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Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum

posted September 22, 2016

[ Thursday, September 29, 2016; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] You’re invited to our next Tucson Energy Group (TEG) Talk which will be an Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum on Thur (9/29), 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the meeting room at Ermanos (http://www.ermanosbrew.com/). (Interested people under 21 years old can attend!)

Candidates Attending:
Robert “Bob” Burns (www.BobBurns.gop),
Tom Chabin (www.TomChapin.com),
Boyd Dunn (www.BoydDunn.com),
Bill Mundell (www.BillMundell.org ), &
Not yet [...]

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Institute of the Environment – Fall Fest 2016

posted September 19, 2016

[ Tuesday, September 20, 2016; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ] The Institute of the Environment’s annual Fall Fest is back and better than ever, with a graduate student poster competition, amazing door prizes, good food and drink, and remarks from this year’s featured speaker, Rebecca Tsosie, on “Climate Justice, Indigenous Sustainability, and an Ethic of Place.” Come catch up with colleagues and enjoy the festivities [...]

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Solidarity Rally – resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline

posted September 13, 2016

[ Wednesday, September 14, 2016; 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. ] Join Rising Tide Tucson and others for a Solidarity Rally with the water protectors of Standing Rock resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. We will be gathering on Wednesday September 14th at 4:30 at Bank of America downtown (33 N. Stone, between Congress and Pennington). Bank of America is one of many financial institutions investing [...]

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INTEGRATING SUSTAINABLE BUILDING AND LIVING WITH NATURE

posted September 13, 2016

[ Friday, November 4, 2016; 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] In the first part of his talk, Dr. Fitch will define sustainable and regenerative building and why the concept is so important to society, natural environments, and the Earth’s Biosphere. He will then outline the steps and technologies of sustainable, regenerative building, using the solar-powered home he built in Redstone Canyon, Colorado, as an example. [...]

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Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum

posted September 13, 2016

[ Thursday, September 29, 2016; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] You’re invited to our next Tucson Energy Group (TEG) Talk which will be an Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum on Thur (9/29), 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the meeting room at Ermanos (http://www.ermanosbrew.com/). We all know that this 2016 ACC election is critical to Arizona’s future, so I hope that you can join [...]

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Tucson Energy Group (TEG) – Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum

posted September 10, 2016

[ Thursday, September 29, 2016; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] You’re invited to our next Tucson Energy Group (TEG) Talk which will be an Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum on Thur (9/29), 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the meeting room at Ermanos (http://www.ermanosbrew.com/).

Three of the five candidates (Tom Chabin, Boyd Dunn & Bill Mundell) have already committed to attend, thanks to Robert [...]

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The ABCs of the ACC: A Full Run-down of the Arizona Corporation Commission

posted September 2, 2016

[ Monday, September 12, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] We’re all familiar with the role of the ACC in setting our electricity rates. Many of you were probably at the ACC public hearing in Tucson on August 31 and may even have given testimony about TEP’s rate case now before the Commission. But do you know the full range of what the ACC does?

The [...]

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Speak Up for Solar! With a Change of Date, Change of Location

posted July 25, 2016

[ Monday, August 22, 2016; 5:45 pm to 8:15 pm. ] Join Sustainable Tucson for our monthly August meeting, focusing on rooftop solar and getting the community ready for the upcoming Aug 31 ACC hearing in Tucson on TEP’s rate request. The meeting will start with the movie “Catching the Sun”, followed by current information on TEP’s request, with background on rate requests by other utilities, [...]

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Minimalism

posted July 17, 2016

[ Tuesday, July 19, 2016; 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Some of the themes from A Simpler Way will be explored in Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things in Life, for which Sustainable Tucson will be a Community Partner with The Loft Cinema, on July 19th at 7:30pm. This film looks at living minimally in all aspects of life, from our interaction with the [...]

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A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

posted July 8, 2016

[ Monday, July 11, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] July Monthly Meeting – Movie night
This month’s Sustainable Tucson meeting be a showing of A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, a recently released feature-length documentary that follows an intentional community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises. Throughout the year presented in the [...]

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A Time to Choose

posted June 13, 2016

Along with The Loft Cinema and the UA Institute of the Environment, Sustainable Tucson will be co-presenting the film “A Time to Choose,” which will be shown June 15, at 7:30 pm, at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Come early and visit with us at the Sustainable Tucson table on the patio. [...]

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Food Resilience — Learning to Adapt, Survive & Thrive in the 21st Century

posted May 14, 2016

[ Monday, June 13, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Of all the things that we could do to make Tucson more resilient — better able to survive and thrive, no matter what the world throws at us — the “lowest hanging fruit” is probably — FOOD. Who woulda thunk it?

Come to the joint meeting of Sustainable Tucson and Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance this [...]

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Sustainability and Architecture: USGBC ADVANCE and Tucson’s Prospective 2030 District®

posted April 28, 2016

[ Monday, May 9, 2016; 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. ] For our May General Meeting, Sustainable Tucson is very pleased to present “Sustainability and Architecture: USGBC ADVANCE and Tucson’s Prospective 2030 District®.” This program will present the innovative partnership between the 2030 Districts and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Arizona Sonoran Branch, with the goal of developing a 2030 District® here in Tucson.

First established in [...]

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND YWCA OFFER FREE WORKSHOPS

posted April 20, 2016

[ Thursday, April 21, 2016; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Is your organization planning to hold a candidate or issue forum this year? If so, you’ll want to attend the free workshops being offered on Saturday, April 30th.

The morning will be devoted to a presentation on how to plan forums, and the afternoon will be on how to moderate forums, with hands-on practice. [...]

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“Catching the Sun” New Film Screening

posted April 18, 2016

[ Friday, April 22, 2016; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] You are invited to a screening of the new film “Catching the Sun” on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm at Casa Video Film Bar at 2905 E Speedway Blvd.

Catching The Sun is a feature length documentary that explores the global race to a clean energy future. The event will be done by donation, as Tucson [...]

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We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can – Heinberg

posted April 6, 2016

We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can
by Richard Heinberg

Transcript:
JESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
Folks are lining up to reserve electric car automaker Tesla’s Model 3. It’s considered to be one of the first electric cars for the mass market at an expected price [...]

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ST April General Mtg – Tucson’s Energy-Economy-Climate Revolution

posted April 6, 2016

[ Monday, April 11, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Sustainable Tucson’s April General Meeting will provide an up-to-the-minute update on efforts to pave the way for creating a positive energy-economy-climate future for our region.

Tucson-based international economist Skip Laitner will report for the RENEW team on this important three-part community initiative. These include 1) intervening in the Arizona Corporation Commission’s current energy rate cases for [...]

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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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