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Old 12-24-2009, 07:53 AM
 
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It looks like I will be living in Tucson starting in Oct of 2010 for 7 or more months. Does anyone have any suggestions of areas that would be good for an early retiree who prefers biking and walking to cars? I would like to be able to shop, dine out and tour the city using public transport and my own legs.

Usually when I make this sort of move I have experienced the area before (eg Portland for 3 months, Austin for a year). However, this time I am coming in cold. If you have the time please be free with advice.

Thanks
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Old 12-25-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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"prefers biking and walking to cars? I would like to be able to shop, dine out and tour the city using public transport and my own legs."

I suppose someplace around the university or the downtown area.
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Baja Arizona
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It looks like I will be living in Tucson starting in Oct of 2010 for 7 or more months. Does anyone have any suggestions of areas that would be good for an early retiree who prefers biking and walking to cars? I would like to be able to shop, dine out and tour the city using public transport and my own legs.

Usually when I make this sort of move I have experienced the area before (eg Portland for 3 months, Austin for a year). However, this time I am coming in cold. If you have the time please be free with advice.

Thanks
Most of the stand-alone Starbucks coffee shops which I happen to go into certainly seem to be "liberal". I base this on the fact that the New York Times newspaper always seems to be available...

However, they also always seem to have a "Christmas Blend" coffee around this time of the year. So, perhaps they aren't as liberal as you may need...
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:44 PM
 
Location: West side
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To me the best so far is Kinney Rd on the West Side, good walking, biking, extremely beautiful scenery. Cat Mountain Station has some of the best shops in Tucson with down to earth prices...
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:01 AM
 
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Thanks for your honest answers. I'll look into the University and Kinney Rd areas.

Last edited by LadyRobyn; 01-16-2010 at 07:54 AM.. Reason: Post you are referring to has been removed.
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Old 12-28-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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small town....

to continue the U area recommendation....

look in the area bounded by Speedway on the N, Stone on the W, the south part of downtown on the S and Tucson Blvd. on the E (approximately).....

this includes the UA area, popular 4th Ave (liberal!), and scattered other retail, residential, very walkable neighborhoods.....it's a much older area, so be ready for some junky spots, student rentals, apartments, a mixed bag....a quasi-"trolley" occasionally runs down University and 4th Avenues....lots of bikers and walkers....very nice new underpass from 4th Ave to downtown under the RR tracks
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:07 PM
 
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thanks so much for the info - particularly the boundary streets

this sounds like the right area for me
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:20 PM
 
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small town....

to continue the U area recommendation....

look in the area bounded by Speedway on the N, Stone on the W, the south part of downtown on the S and Tucson Blvd. on the E (approximately).....

this includes the UA area, popular 4th Ave (liberal!), and scattered other retail, residential, very walkable neighborhoods.....it's a much older area, so be ready for some junky spots, student rentals, apartments, a mixed bag....a quasi-"trolley" occasionally runs down University and 4th Avenues....lots of bikers and walkers....very nice new underpass from 4th Ave to downtown under the RR tracks
Seems like anything in the Sam Hughes neighborhood would fit the bill, too. Bounded by Speedway on the N, Country Club on the E, Broadway on the S, and Campbell on the W.

This is basically extending your map a little further E, from Tucson Blvd out to Country Club. For the OP, the Sam Hughes neighborhood is quite nice, and very near to the Univ.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Central Tucson
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Here's a link to some Tucson neighborhood information: NSN - Neighborhood Profiles Also: NSN - Police Incidents

I think the Sam Hughes neighborhood (Rincon Market), east of the U of A and Blenman-Elm neighborhood NE of the U of A might be worth checking out. I live in the Peter Howell neighborhood.
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