Vista Sierra Apartments was a vacant, boarded-up complex that had become a magnet for taggers and squatters. Town West Design Development bought it last year after the Section 8 requirement was removed.
A quick note on gratitude. Today marks my last column for the Arizona Daily Star.
This might be the saddest CPS story I have ever told. Considering how many tragedies we've seen over the years with Child Protective Services, that's really saying something.
Before diving into today's column, just a quick note to say thanks.
This column comes with two rules. Rule No. 1: Before you read any further, look up from your paper or your computer screen or your phone or whatever device you use to get news these days and tell someone you love them.
I last sat in the UA's south end zone for the fumblerooski game. Fans know that game. Arizona stadium was packed that night, and the atmosphere was electric. I was with my dad in the cheap seats. He couldn't care less about football, but he took me anyway.
Another week, another city scandal. It feels that way, doesn't it?
Rosemont Copper supporters can't stand that Chuck Huckelberry is putting up such a fight, but I'm OK with it.
When he enters the boxing ring, Carlos Luque steps into the spotlight. But he spends the rest of his life in the shadows.
So now, at least, Suzanne Miles has set the record straight. The problems at Pima Community College have nothing to do with the tone she and former Chancellor Roy Flores have set.
Like so many nanas in this town, Naya Ortiz was devoted to her family and a devout Catholic.
Already, the city's controversial annexation of Joe Cesare's Foothills property is paying off.
When do you think the next mass shooting will happen?
Gov. Jan Brewer loves to buck the feds - except when she needs them to buck the voters.
At a recent Rio Nuevo meeting, longtime west-side activist Josefina Cardenas suggested bringing in a medicine man to cure our redevelopment ills.
Compassion saved Phyllis Rautenberg. Weeks after Jared Lee Loughner murdered her mother, Rautenberg found herself back at work. A music teacher in Southern California, she was standing before her middle school kids. She was back in a world where time is measured by the sound of the bell. In …
Until Thursday night, I had never eaten at Chick-fil-A.
We should have built that aquarium. In light of the recent Manning House flirtation and other Rio Nuevo adventures, the Sonoran Sea Aquarium seems more and more like the big fish we threw back.
Child Protective Services had a backlog of nearly 10,000 unfinished cases by the time it kicked off its SWAT program to respond to the overload.
Why is Rio Nuevo so interested in the Manning House?
Joy Spencer-Austin was supposed to be the last line of defense for at-risk kids in troubled homes.
A Child Protective Services office morphed into a children's shelter this weekend. Because there weren't enough beds in Pima County foster and group homes, eight or nine children ended up staying in a CPS office.
Former Pima County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom has billed Pima College about $235,000, mostly for pitching school projects to the county for its next bond ballot, since 2007. The consulting gig started small, with Eckstrom billing for about $8,600 in 2007 and nearly $38,000 in 2008. Ever since, …
The city should publish a step-by-step guide for sweeping problems under the rug. It's just become so good at it. That was my first thought after reading the city's report on the Paul Cunningham drunken-sex-talk story.
Robles Pass is a saguaro-studded web of trails. Its Camaro Loop is rocky, craggy and surrounded by hills. Unless you knew better, you wouldn't expect to see Greg Hockensmith biking here.
Satire alert: Now that Gov. Jan Brewer has declared the SB 1070 Supreme Court ruling a "legal victory," here's hoping she'll turn her attention to our other invaders: Midwesterners.
You know those bumper stickers that tell us to practice random acts of kindness?
So this is what moving forward looks like. Hundreds of people clinging to a strip of shade on a broiling June day, braving the heat in line for hours outside a Safeway to meet Ron Barber, the new representative of Congressional District 8.
All Kaela Manger wants is a place to get started. She's hoping that happens at Sonrisa Apartments.
There never was a shortage of tragedy during Lillian Downing's time as head of Child Protective Services here.
The TREO gang took another trip Tuesday - this time to City Hall.
Before we move on to Rio Nuevo III, and whatever story that becomes, we have one more mystery to unravel from the last chapter in our downtown development saga.
In the end, the only thing Jodi Bain built downtown was a tangled web of contradictions and double standards.
This shows a PowerPoint presentation TREO once gave the city. The folks at Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities have gone missing ever since the story of Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham's San Diego escapade broke.
We may need to put Joe Snell's mug on the back of a milk carton.
Laurie Swanson thought she was getting a good deal from Elliot Management Group, which provides credit-card machines to businesses.
City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said Tuesday that fellow Democrat Paul Cunningham should consider resigning after allegedly making a string of alcohol-fueled inappropriate sexual comments to three top female city officials at a bar in San Diego.
City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said Tuesday fellow Democrat Paul Cunningham should consider resigning after allegedly making a string of alcohol-fueled inappropriate sexual comments to a number of top female city officials at a bar in San Diego.
But the letters you sent actually boosted my motivation. Well, you guys are all my motivation. I want to make you proud in the most honorable profession in the U.S. right now.
What a horror story Rio Nuevo has become. It's tempting to liken the state-run Rio Nuevo Board to the monster in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein": an ugly and misunderstood creation, shunned by the public, that turns on its creator.
Hijinia Arce Acosta measures out fabric for a dignity bag while Rosalinda Sagaste Chavez observes. Both women are members of the DouglaPrieta Works sewing group.
Child Protective Services workers went to Isabel Celis' home in December, months before the 6-year-old was reported missing.
Talk about obstruction of justice. It's been more than 300 days since Rosemary Márquez, a local defense attorney, was nominated to be a federal judge and still there is nothing. No hearings. No debate. Nothing but crickets.
What if we turned our medians into desert trails for mountain bikers to navigate our city streets?
Tucsonans love to head to San Diego when things heat up. This year, the folks at TREO are getting a jump on that tradition.
Despite efforts, Science Downtown never had much gravitational pull.
Enough swings and misses. Over the years, the Pima County Sports & Tourism Authority has swung and missed on some pretty wild pitches.
Is a brand new arena the pot of gold at the end of the Rio Nuevo rainbow?