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U.S. News Puts Tucson on List of Best Places to Live

Tucson ranks No. 73 on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of the 100 "Best Places to Live in the USA." The rankings consider the job market, affordability, and overall quality of life, such as access to health care, quality of education, and crime rates.

"Tucson is an example of how a city can be constantly transforming without losing sight of its roots," U.S. News reported.

Roadwork This Week to Close Sections of Roadway

The Houghton Road/22nd Street intersection will be closed for a couple of hours tomorrow to allow work crews to relocate traffic signals. Traffic will be shifted to the west side of the roadway. Work hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The complete two-hour closure of the intersection is scheduled to take place sometime within those work hours. Tucson Police Department officers will direct travel at the intersection during the work.

Need Help Starting or Expanding a Business in Tucson? Call the Small Business Assistance Line

The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff members from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls.

The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly, along with 20 business incentives, streamlined permit processes, and more.

Midtown Intersection Restrictions this Weekend

Beginning at 6 o'clock tonight, through 6 a.m. Monday, the intersection of 22nd Street and Alvernon Way will be partially closed for water infrastructure improvements. Tucson Water will be replacing a 36-inch, 63-year-old concrete cylinder pipe in conjunction with the sewer line improvements being made in the area by Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department. The partial intersection closure will follow completion of repairs to a 30-inch water main pipe that ruptured this past Monday.

Get Fit at the Zoo Tomorrow

Try out a variety of fitness formats, get a wellness check, and visit health-related vendors at Reid Park Zoo’s annual Fit Fest tomorrow night from 5-8 p.m. Licensed and certified fitness instructors from all over the state will showcase P90X, PiYo®, Pound, Insanity®, Zumba®, Turbo Kick®, Om Broga, Capoeira, and Yoga. The Children’s Area will feature Heart & Soul Gymnastics. Silver Sneakers and Chair Yoga will be available for seniors.

Annexation Beneficial to Neighbors

Becoming part of the City of Tucson has its benefits for those currently on the periphery of city limits, while Tucson also benefits by getting a larger portion of state-shared revenue. With more than 300,000 people living outside of Tucson city limits, that amounts to tens of millions of dollars every year in tax money already paid to the State of Arizona that could be used in our community to help fund police, fire, roads, and parks.

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