The Barbea Williams Performing Company, Inc. presents the 4th Annual “Our Blackness, Our Heritage” RISE UP Virtual Step Show on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. to promote the power of community, collaboration, and culture. The Barbea Williams Performing Company, one of Arizona's premier African centered performance companies, is a local gem that has been bringing culture, awareness and dance to Tucson for many years.
I invite you all to support this local Black-owned business and revel with Barbea and her team on February 27th! Tickets are $20.
I had a wonderful time with Jad Daley from American Forest and Holly Beale from Microsoft during our “Trees as a Pathway to Social Equity” session at the GreenBiz 2021 conference. It is refreshing to be part of a multisector effort to create Tree Equity in our cities.
American Forest created a Tree Equity Score map for Tucson that will help guide our Tucson Million Trees initiative to ensure we shade our most vulnerable communities.
Watch the full session here.
Early last year, the Department of Transportation and Mobility launched Move Tucson, a 20-year transportation masterplan for the City of Tucson. Staff has been working diligently to collect feedback and conduct virtual public engagement to hear the mobility needs of Tucsonans and see what they envision for our mobility future. After many months of collecting and synthesizing data, the Move Tucson Virtual Open House is here!
The purpose of the Virtual Open House is to share what we’ve learned through Move Tucson back with the community. It provides a summary of the feedback we’ve collected up to date as well as summarizes the current performance of our transportation system.
I encourage everyone to visit the Move Tucson Virtual Open House, where visitors can review all of this information and provide input on the Draft Move Tucson Vision and Guiding Principles, a framework that will shape our planning efforts for the future.
Tucsonans, we want your input in diverse city initiatives. Help us shape the future of the City by completing the following surveys:
Our Climate Action and Community Survey is now live! Please tell us what your climate action and sustainability priorities are to inform the City’s Climate Action Plan.
Rumors are swirling that there may be a renewed effort to consolidate postal service centers across the nation. Please CONTINUE to share why Cherrybell is important to YOU by taking the survey so that we can communicate just how critical Cherrybell is to our community.
You can now report online your own tree-planting efforts as we strive to plant 1,000,000 million trees by 2030! Be part of the Tucson Million Trees initiative and report your planted trees.
Congratulations to our new Vice Mayor Nikki Lee, who was selected to serve during our Tuesday Mayor and Council meeting. I'm very excited to continue our work together in this new role!
I also want to thank Paul Cunningham for his service as Vice Mayor during one of the most unprecedented periods of time in our city's history.
Like many cities, Tucson is grappling with a shortage of affordable housing, and a particular need for senior housing to help elders age in place. The City is looking at a range of tools to increase the supply of affordable housing in Tucson, one of them being Accessory Dwelling Units. An Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU, is an independent housing unit with its own kitchen, bathroom, living and sleeping space, built on the same lot as a primary residence.
ADUs have been used in many communities to create more affordable housing, support multi-generational households and provide options for those who wish to age in place. Mayor and Council have directed the Planning and Development Services Department to work with stakeholders to create appropriate development standards that allow for this option to be considered in the wider conversation about affordable housing.
I’d like to invite everyone in our community to participate in these public meetings to provide input and learn more about the changes that are being considered to make this a reality. The meetings will be held virtually over Zoom on February 24th and February 25th. Register to attend and learn more here.
Watch live here.
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