NEW STUDY TO MEASURE GEM SHOW REVENUE - Visit Tucson is studying the economic impact of the annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase in Tucson. It will be the first comprehensive study since 2007, when the organization pegged the figure at $100 million. Visit Tucson President Brent DeRaad says the new study will attempt to learn what people are buying, how long they're staying, and if the various shows are the reason they came to Tucson. He says the economic projection this year is a more conservative $65 million, as the economy slowly recovers from the recession years of 2008 and 2009. Read more from Tucson News Now.
Tucson Gem and Mineral Society
Gem Ride shuttle information
Parkwise parking information
CITY ACCELERATING POTHOLE REPAIRS - A report from the City of Tucson's Finance Department shows the average time to fill a pothole after being identified was 16 days last year. In 2012, it took 42 days. Tucson Department of Transportation Director Daryl Cole says the addition of chip-seal, on top of the typical hot asphalt patching method, contributed to the reduction in response times. Cole says the City has focused on using the chip-seal method over the last 12 months. It also retrofitted existing equipment and purchased new equipment to be able to use both procedures. Tucson also has an easy method for reporting potholes, through the SeeClickFix website and apps. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star
SeeClickFix app for Android
SeeClickFix app for iOS
TUCSON FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE THREE FROM BURNING APARTMENT - Firefighters carried the three people to safety through a window of the apartment at the 3400 block of South Pantano Road, after a fire broke out shortly after midnight, displacing a total of five people. After the rescues, hose lines were taken into the apartment to begin extinguishing the fire. Adjacent apartments were evacuated simultaneously by other firefighters on scene. The fire spread to a neighboring apartment, due to heavy fire involvement in the back patio area. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Read the news release.
WASHINGTON, D.C. EXPECTS BILLIONS IN DEVELOPMENT FROM STREETCAR - The D.C. Office of Planning says it expects up to $8 billion in new development within 10 years after completing work on the eight planned streetcar lines. District officials forecast demand for office space will increase by 3 million square feet and retail space by an additional 1.3 million square feet, supporting up to 1,200 net new households in the District each year. The Downtown Tucson Partnership reports the $200 million American-made streetcar project, expected to launch fare service this summer, already has helped generate $800 million in public and private investment along the route, through downtown and the University of Arizona.
Sun Link Streetcar
HOW TO FIND ANSWERS ABOUT CITY SERVICES - Are you looking for a job in the City? Do you need to know how to pay your water bill? How do you request a police report? The answers to these questions and more are available on the new Tucson Answers website. You can search topics or browse categories to get you the answers you need. The site is an example of open source code developed by city governments and non-profit organizations to be adopted and re-used by other cities at no cost. In this case, the site is modeled after a similar site created jointly by the City of Honolulu and Code For America. Tucson Answers also is available via a widget on the City of Tucson's main website.