La Placita may get new life - Tucson News Now

La Placita may get new life

  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Rapper Lil Peep found dead on tour bus in Tucson

    Rapper Lil Peep found dead on tour bus in Tucson

    Thursday, November 16 2017 4:33 PM EST2017-11-16 21:33:28 GMT
    (Source: Wikimedia Commons)(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

    Rapper Lil Peep was found dead in his tour bus outside of The Rock on Park Avenue Wednesday night, Nov. 15, according to the Tucson Police Department.

    Rapper Lil Peep was found dead in his tour bus outside of The Rock on Park Avenue Wednesday night, Nov. 15, according to the Tucson Police Department.

  • breaking

    Tucson police arrest man wanted for October homicide

    Tucson police arrest man wanted for October homicide

    Thursday, November 16 2017 9:31 PM EST2017-11-17 02:31:23 GMT
    Mario Jesus Dorame (Source: Tucson Police Department)Mario Jesus Dorame (Source: Tucson Police Department)

    According to Tucson police, Mario Jesus Dorame, 43, was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and booked into the Pima County Jail on his arrest warrant for first-degree murder. Police say Dorame had a relationship with the victim, 52-year-old Maria Escobedo, who was found deceased on Oct. 1.

    According to Tucson police, Mario Jesus Dorame, 43, was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and booked into the Pima County Jail on his arrest warrant for first-degree murder. Police say Dorame had a relationship with the victim, 52-year-old Maria Escobedo, who was found deceased on Oct. 1.

  • Mother, daughter die in fire after girl returns to rescue puppies

    Mother, daughter die in fire after girl returns to rescue puppies

    Friday, November 17 2017 1:29 AM EST2017-11-17 06:29:48 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 1:29 AM EST2017-11-17 06:29:48 GMT

    The 8-year-old’s four siblings witnessed their sister and mother running into the burning motor home.

    The 8-year-old’s four siblings witnessed their sister and mother running into the burning motor home.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It's been a running gag downtown for a long time.

People go into La Placita and are never heard from again.

Finding an office or business can be a frustrating experience.

It may be a gag but there is a certain truth to it.

One reason La Placita has fallen on hard times.

"It's tough to do business here," says the owner of Little Sicily Pizzaeria, Rosario Scigliano. "It's up. It's down."

He puts thousands of dollars of his own money into the business every year to keep it afloat.

Whether he stays open "depends. You have to talk to my wife," he says.

But now, it appears there's new interest in the colorful business complete.

"Arts, entertainment, culture," says Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. "There needs to be a reason to come downtown."

Huckelberry went before the Rio Nuevo Board, with Larry Hecker, chair of the bond committee, to make the case the project deserves board support.

There was no commitment but board member Mark Irvin said "it's too early in the process" to make such a commitment.

He left the door open however.

The University of Arizona's Jan Cerverlli, who advised the U of A President Ann Weaver Hart on downtown matters, also told the board why the project deserves support.

She says the University has a world class collection of Ansel Adams works, other photos, as well as a painting collection which very few get do see.

"Downtown would open up the collections to the public," she says.

She told the board, millennial, the younger generation has chosen the cultural urban center as their preferred lifestyle.

Companies and corporations all over America are choosing to relocate in urban settings to attract those upscale, educated people.

"Tucson is beginning to grow that way," Cervelli says.

Moving culture downtown would be an economic driver "creating jobs," she says.

But the decision will likely rest with voters if it makes the first cut and receives the support of the bond committee.

Hecker says there are a billion dollars in requests, but only $600 million will be approved.

"It's up to the voter," says Huckelberry.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Temporary fix for network outage at several Amphi schools after construction mishap

    Temporary fix for network outage at several Amphi schools after construction mishap

    Friday, November 17 2017 9:19 AM EST2017-11-17 14:19:52 GMT

    Officials have found a temporary fix after several Amphitheathre schools were affected by a network outage after a construction mishap near La Cañada and Wetmore.

    Officials have found a temporary fix after several Amphitheathre schools were affected by a network outage after a construction mishap near La Cañada and Wetmore.

  • Final: Arizona 91, Cal State Bakersfield 59

    Friday, November 17 2017 2:32 AM EST2017-11-17 07:32:43 GMT

    Wildcats improve to 3-0 on the cusp of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

    Wildcats improve to 3-0 on the cusp of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

  • ONLY ON KOLD: Beyond the battle with breast cancer

    ONLY ON KOLD: Beyond the battle with breast cancer

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:59 AM EST2017-11-17 05:59:18 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    Cancer is a word we all hate to hear and it has impacted nearly everyone. Nadia Larsen, herself a breast cancer survivor, is using a gift for photography to remind other women of their Beautiful Beyond Breast Cancer.

    Cancer is a word we all hate to hear and it has impacted nearly everyone. Nadia Larsen, herself a breast cancer survivor, is using a gift for photography to remind other women of their Beautiful Beyond Breast Cancer.

Powered by Frankly