Sun, Dec. 9th, 2012, 08:06 pm
hotel congress, tucson

man i've been coming here since the '90s, not always for work, and much of what i loved about it stemmed from its peculiar and remarkable resistance to the passage of time. had a strange intuition things would be different now coming back for the first time since 2008 and sure enough the entire neighborhood is physically transformed with fancy tall new condo buildings where there used to be empty lots and sidewalks teeming with people where it used to seem so quiet and agreeably desolate. feel like a dick complaining about what appears to be genuine urban renewal (as opposed to standard-issue icky gentrification) but it's hard not to feel like something's been lost. boo-hoo, it's not how i remembered it, time has refused to stand still in precisely the manner that i as an occasional tourist would prefer.

Mon, Dec. 10th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
yoshimi

gorgeous picture. whenever i go back now, i feel like dorothy from the wizard of oz.

Edited at 2012-12-10 01:58 pm (UTC)

Wed, Dec. 12th, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
boobirdsfly

Oh man, that's what I loved about Tucson when I was there too!
Stupid changing world.

Wed, Dec. 12th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
erinmack

I lived in Tucson for a year in 1994 - just before dropping out of U of A, & just after. I spent a lot of time wandering & enjoying how boring it was - a very formative time, probably, if in a terribly understated way. What I remember most of all was the dark, decrepit 4th Ave. underpass, just a block or two past the Food Conspiracy Co-op & the Value Village. When I went back in 2006 & it had been replaced with a slick, well-lit, undoubtedly _safer_ (how many people got knifed in the old one? don't wanna know) tunnel, I was heartbroken.

RIP charming dilapidated Tucson of our youth.

Sat, Dec. 15th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
trywhy

What's crazy is that all the same families I've known my whole life still live in the same houses. It's some sort of creepy uneasy gentrification I don't understand. I keep wating for the other shoes to drop, for my friends to move away.