Metro Tucson: Decaying Past The Point of No Return

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Tucson’s level of inner-core urban rot, outside of its artificial, tax-subsidy-induced new downtown, is starting to be noticed by broader segments of society.  The ones that can afford it are moving out.  They see the one-sided fraud, made all the worse by the Metro’s spectacular inability to lure new manufacturing investment to the City’s periphery.  Especially in an otherwise booming Arizona economy.

The RedStar’s Editor, Jill Jorden-Spitz, recently relocated to up-scale, [unincorporated] Catalina Foothills, and to a gated community out of her decaying hipster neighborhood off downtown near UA.  Their publisher, John D’Orlando, never did buy into the hipster hoop-la, and wisely lives in [incorporated] Marana.  They’re not the only ones.

Meanwhile the business geniuses at SALC, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, toodle along their merry way, utterly self-absorbed with their past personal glories as various geriatric captains of industry;  still self-deluded they’ve actually made a difference in that organization’s recent milestone of a quarter-century.  By May ’47, it will be a half-century, if Tucson as a functioning municipal unit is even around (?).  I’m taking Missouri Citizenship.

The academic & bureaucratic monstrosity-that-ate-Tucson, a.k.a. the University of Arizona, still churns out graduates, most of whom LEAVE AS FAST AS THEY CAN GET-OUTTA-TOWN, depriving this 1.1 million Metro of an incredible bounty of human talent.  Go figure.

One can almost feel the utter lassitude of a pathetic, passive vibe that exists, like an urban version of the pitiful Blanche DuBois, “on the kindness of strangers”.  Because there damn sure isn’t any kind of active leadership, or visionary zeitgeist.  Other than ‘Woke’ and the Bozo belief, “our new downtown will save us.”

Even the personnel churn at the aforementioned RedStar has a sense of the looming decay & rot.  Timmie-B-Steller routinely drops hints he’s outtahere with his kid’s high school graduation. [Good riddance].

There’s simply no reflection, real or pumped-up, that Tucson is doing anything but going through the motions of being this decaying & lackluster city, awaiting some final disposition on America’s urban landfill of similar municipal has-beens.  Tragic.

The hard reality for SALC, Sun Corridor, and other (non-Woke) leadership groups is without some seminal changes, that require active (vs. passive) engagement, the rot & decay just picks up speed with the demographics.  Something I warned about last year in Woke Tucson’s Anti-Growth Ethos: Death by Demography.

One would think, especially given the drop-dead obvious metrics, that a handful of major policy strategies to reverse things could be ascertained by the Metro’s so-called, ‘movers & shakers’.  Those four urgent items include:

  • A ballot initiative to force Tucson’s corrupt at-large council election scheme to become “Ward-Only”
  • Building a southern “Sonoran Corridor” I-10 transportation bypass, that opens ‘shovel-ready’ sites for investment
  • Encouraging the near-40% of the Metro, now in Pima County, to get incorporated into standalone cities
  • Reduce the outrageous number of useless, sinecured UA educrats permeating every organization in the City

Those of us in the know are hearing lots of unofficial, insider talk from the few major employers still here.  Tucson’s municipal rot & decay has not gone unnoticed by competing cities in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Colorado, Washington, and yes, even California.

Maybe this is what it will take, like my southern grandfather used to say, “that boat paddle upside the head.”

Sellers is a Southpark Republican living in incorporated Oro Valley; his background is federal technology commercialization

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Sellers is a South Park Republican who lives in incorporated Oro Valley. His background is federal tech-transfer commercialization. Contact him at Sellers is also a grad of Clemson's Architecture School and the University of NC School of Business. He was a founding member of the Albuquerque Friday Morning Breakfast Group which elected numerous conservatives. He has lived in the SouthWest & PacNorthWest more than 40 yrs.


  1. Tucson will always be the bastard stepchild to the Phoenix Metro area, and its forward thinking, job creating and cultural advancements that is way beyond Tucson even considering…and which has been proven numerous times, the city and the county have chased more businesses away from the area than they have brought in!
    Old money wants things just the way they have been for 60+ years.And the town to stay the quaint “Old Pueblo” for many years to come. When we lose DM in its current form, Cat, Ratheon gets another better offer, and UA starts offsite teaching or moves towards government research as the biggest part of its income, I cannot imagine what this town will be like in less than 10 years.
    As also predicted, wait for another year or less, and you will see the bottomless pit for taxpayers in Pima county and Tucson (Caterpillar) will pull up stakes for a bigger check waived under their noses by another city or state and be gone. Then as usual, we will be stuck with another albatross of an empty campus built on the backs of the taxpayers, that the leaders (tongue in cheek) of Pima and Tucson will default to turn into even more bars and restaurants, (which will fold within a year or two after opening), and built with more obscene subsidies from Rio Nuevo.
    Finally, don’t even get me started on the waste of taxpayer dollars on the Chuck Huckleberry money sucking soccer emporium that was built with taxpayer money and sits empty for 95% of the year.

  2. PC is the 5-6th POOREST county in the USA and the dems/libs are damn proud of it. Tucson has never had an economy of anykind other than gov’t related entities. UA, PC, USAF (and its local contractors) are the main employers. The city pushed away many other business’s over the years and I can go back to the 60’s with that happening. The 5 C’s no longer apply and the city based their assumptions on the climate and the need for housemaids and quick food, minim marts to save them. These are not a future or a job grown environment. Look how long it has taken to get a new motel for the scam gem shows. They promised some years ago and now barely have them under construction.
    Another loss creator is the dem run politicians, the grihalfas and their minions, saw him on a news broadcast the other day and dont know if he was drunk or sleeping at the party chair. We need to get people educated (not a dem goal), and provide an economy for people. Remember the push for a commuter line to east LA from a few years back? We dont need to be a sleepy community for commuters like santa fe to Albuquerqe has. To be honest I dont know WHO is buying all the new construction here since there really is no ECONOMY in tucson/pima county. The mines used to provide income but they are done for it seems. SO people need to realize the whats and where fors of the situation and make smart decisions when voting. If you notice NO LONGER does anyone try to identify as to their political party on the street signs so you dont know who is who until they put a d or r on the ballot and then its too late IMO. As the d will always win due to to the long on promises and short on delivery vote scheme that appeals to people and they also have short memories about what was promised the last time!

  3. Yes Bill you are spot on, Tucson is a slum built in a wash. But what do you expect, after all the name “Tucson” is an ancient Indian word meaning truck stop and even the TTT is in its final death spiral.
    I personally can’t ever see the local libtard demigods tolerating ward only elections. Not only would ward only elections make more sense or be fair, but it would push out the city wide corruption that the city founders envisioned to ensure full “democratic” control. No real substantial change in Tucson will occur until this takes place.

    • LOL, thanks for the kind words. Tucson’s “leadership” has and is, pissing away some incredible opportunities other cities would kill to have. Still not too late (but it will be by 2030).

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