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Six-Part Series Looks at Downtown Revitalization

"Downtown Rebound" from Arizona Public Media takes an in-depth look at the recent revitalization of downtown Tucson. Business, government and civic leaders discuss the vibrant transformation and the catalysts for the revival. Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership estimates $500 million in new construction projects that are in some phase of planning. “If even half of those go, you’re going to see a whole new chapter of downtown being written in the next 36 months,” said Keith.

8th Annual Feria de la Lectura Returns this Saturday

Celebrate Literacy at the El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero is hosting the 8th annual Feria de la Lectura on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy story time, family literacy activities, crafts, free haircuts, and literacy activities. The family friendly event features free school supplies, backpacks, bike helmets, and more (while supplies last). For more information, call Ward 1 at (520) 791-4040.

New Roadrunners GM Expects Tucson to Have a Very Competitive Team

The Arizona Coyotes recently appointed Doug Soetaert General Manager of the Tucson Roadrunners, the club's American Hockey League (AHL) team. In addition to his experience as a National Hockey League (NHL) scout and minor league manager, Soetaert played 12 seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Canadiens in 1986. "Our focus in Tucson will be on development and winning and we are confident that our fans will enjoy watching our exciting and talented team," said Soetaert.

Pokémon GO Returns to the Zoo this Weekend

Come and catch Pokémon at Reid Park Zoo every Saturday until Aug. 13, 7-10 p.m. Trainers can capture Pokémon, meet other players, and learn tips and tricks from local Pokémon GO pros. Meanwhile, guests can enjoy music, face painting, caricatures, and more. Lures will be activated in the Pokémon GO app at several different locations in the Zoo approximately every 30 minutes. Regular admission prices apply, but dress in Pokémon cosplay and get discounted member prices, even if you’re not a member of the Zoo.

Rio Nuevo Board Agrees to $2.6M Loan for Downtown Project

Tucson Developer Don Bourn received approval from the Rio Nuevo Board for a $2.6 million dollar loan to finance a project called City Park on a now-empty downtown lot. Bourn purchased the property from the City for $100 in 2004 as part of the original Rio Nuevo plan. The loan will fill a gap in financing on the $17 million project located on Congress Street between Scott and Stone avenues. City Park would be a four-story building with a food court, bowling and billiards, offices, and a top floor deck.

Meet the Latest Additions to Reid Park Zoo

Ferrets Nadia and Dimitri are the newest Education Ambassador Animals at the Zoo. Although they don't have a permanent exhibit at the Zoo, the ferrets will make regular appearances at education programs on Zoo grounds and outreach programs in the community. Nadia and Dimitri will also be presented by docents and teen volunteers in the Conservation Learning Center. Ferrets are part of the Mustelid family along with otters and weasels. Read more in the Zoo Blog.

Attend City of Tucson Tax Workshop Tomorrow

Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending the Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. The retail workshop will be held Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Questions will be answered, and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained.

Happy Birthday Sun Link

The Sun Link Tucson streetcar officially celebrated its second anniversary yesterday. The streetcar system has served more than 2 million passengers since it began service. Connecting five districts in the heart of Tucson, the streetcar system has been widely embraced by locals, students, and visitor to the region. It has also become an important component in revitalization of downtown.

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