For those of you not living in denial about the Tucson Metro’s utter economic failure to capitalize on being in one of America’s best states for growth & opportunity, this piece is for you. Especially if you have a keen sense of your mortal time.
By now, you may have figured out something is horribly wrong, and along with: why is Pima County dominating nearly 40% of the entire 1.1 million Tucson Metro? (Maricopa is only ~3% of the Phoenix Metro) I’ve detailed this in several past pieces, including: Tucson Pays a Terrible Price to be the “Anti-Phoenix”, Pima County’s 12 Sad “Tax Milkcows”, and 3 Municipal Combos Will End Pima Co’s Corrupt Reign.
Along with the subtle psychology showing how the Hard-Left print media (RedStar) has convinced leadership to run a kind of “Stockholm-Syndrome Tucson”, so people will come to love their squalor.
It’s all part of a plantation mentality, every bit of it. Rich, uber-educated, elite Tucson liberals have already made their judgments about the people in these downtrodden places in Pima County. Those judgments are rooted in a subtle racism, pure & simple. Something they can easily hide behind, with that caring, do-gooder façade. Classic Liberalism, writ large.
For them, there’s no question the people of such unincorporated census designated places (CDP) as Flowing Wells, Casas Adobes, Valencia West, Drexel Heights, etc. are simply not capable of self-governance.
A critical sidebar to this hidden racism is the aspect of more political players swimming in the same political pool. God forbid more locals get involved in various municipal political processes, county-wide, and upset the limited-access, cozy & corrupt little apple-cart run by the Grijalva Gang, the Tucson Hard-Left, et al.
So consider this a clarion call to those of you looking for an outlet for your leadership skills & aspirations. If you want to “turn the ‘Dirty T’ around”, join the revolt.
Every one of these large (>50K) CDP potential combos & incorporations is a ‘municipal start-up’ waiting to happen. They all need the same elements: a management team comprised of those who can manage people, manage finances, manage services, etc. All will need outside help; engineers, architects, lawyers, bankers, lobbyists, insurers, et al.
The “secret sauce” in these muni start-ups is the location, history, geography, residents & culture; each with its own unique attributes worth investing in, or protecting, or expanding. Tucson’s blinkered elite should realize all this will alleviate poverty, help families stay together, and keep young people around.
But the window of opportunity will not stay open forever, nor will your own personal window of opportunity. Without some form of seminal change, after the distractions of Covid, national politics, etc. are long gone, the metro’s problems will still be around. How motivating is that?
Sellers is a South Park Republican who lives in incorporated Oro Valley. His background is federal tech-transfer commercialization. He is still on Facebook for the time being.