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City Council Assigns Greyhound Lease to Rio Nuevo

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday approved an agreement with Rio Nuevo that will pave the way for a downtown hotel project by relocating the Greyhound station to an as-yet-unknown site. The agreement lets Rio Nuevo take over as landlord of the temporary Greyhound bus station, which currently sits on the site of the proposed hotel development.

Tucson Pops Orchestra Performs This Weekend

Tucson Parks and Recreation Department and the Tucson POPS Orchestra invite you to attend the last of the September concert series this Sunday. The free “Music Under the Stars™” concert at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park begins at 7 p.m. The concerts, under the direction of Maestro László Veres, have been focusing the spotlight on the many talents of the Tucson Pops Orchestra.

Sign Up for a Free Water Audit to Save Water and Money

Water efficiency is more than just conserving a resource. Tucson Water’s Zanjeros are specially-trained water efficiency experts who have performed thousands of comprehensive inventories of home water use that helped customers lower their water bills. Learn more about your home’s water-using fixtures, water meter, plumbing, irrigation, and more. Request an appointment by calling (520) 791-3242 or emailing

Shred-It Event This Weekend

The next Shred-It service will take place Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, 601 E. Fort Lowell Road, from 8-11 a.m. Individuals may bring two boxes of documents to be shredded on site. A $5 donation is suggested to benefit Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Lend A Hand Senior Assistance. The Shred-It event is hosted by Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich and Pima County Constable Bennett Bernal.

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Interim Director of PDSD

After 15 years as Director of Planning and Development Services, Ernie Duarte, has retired from the City of Tucson. Ernie has moved on to a new and exciting career and we wish him well.

Jim Mazzocco, AICP, has been appointed by Michael Ortega, City Manager, to be the Interim Director of PDSD. We will continue providing excellent customer service to the Tucson community while we are in transition.

Ride Streetcar to UA Football Game Saturday

University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link streetcar to the games. Prior to the 5:22 p.m. game against the UCLA Bruins (and ESPN's College GameDay from 6-9 a.m.), fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop.

Campbell Avenue Streetscape Project to Begin Next Phase

As part of the Campbell Avenue Streetscape Enhancement Project, crews from Pima Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), are in the process of installing underground irrigation lines across Campbell Avenue between Grant Road and Glenn Street. The irrigation work is scheduled to be finished by this Friday.

Shakespeare in the Park Continues

The El Rio Theatre Project this weekend presents its 9th annual Shakespeare in the Park, featuring William Shakespeare's “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. In this romantic comedy, youthful idealism gets derailed by love. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy an evening of theatre in the park. Performances begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday.


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