Metro Week

A Trip To Tucson's West Side

Season 4, Episode 43 of 25

On this week’s show: We’re focusing on development in Tucson’s west side. - City Council Member Regina Romero has represented the area for nearly a decade. We chat with her about how the west side is evolving and what the obstacles have been. - Arizona Daily Star columnist Ernesto Portillo has a long personal connection to the west side neighborhood Menlo Park. He spent much of his childhood there and is a current resident. We sit down with Neto, as he’s known, to talk about how neighbors feel about the changes and why he loves that part of town. - The Gadsden Company, which owns and operates the Mercado San Agustin, has been a major player in developing the west side. We talk with owners Kira Dixon-Weinstein and Adam Weinstein about their vision for the neighborhood. -When voters authorized Rio Nuevo in 1999, a major component of the project was construction of historical and cultural sites at the base of A Mountain, known as Tucson’s birthplace. Only one of those projects has come to fruition – the Mission Gardens. We go for a visit and talk with outreach director Dena Cowan about how the area could in the future look very much like it did in the past. - And lastly, Sentinel Peak, or A Mountain, is one of the west side s most iconic landmarks. Each year a tradition on the mountain marks the beginning of the U of A’s homecoming festivities. We’ll check in on this year’s ceremony.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
10/27/2017
6:30 p.m.
10/28/2017
12:05 a.m.
10/28/2017
noon
10/28/2017
8 p.m.
10/29/2017
10:30 a.m.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona