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Old 01-26-2012, 12:58 PM
 
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Hey!

I am looking to get out of the cold of Colorado. Scottsdale is awesome, but appears to be above my means. I have found two really nice looking places in my price range on the internet and I would love to hear everyone's opinion about these two areas of town.

I love to walk most places I go, I run 6 miles each morning so a nice running area/park would be great. 44 years old, personable and active.

Thanks everyone, and any other insights into the area would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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I think there are more amenities around Speedway/Alvernon. Lots of people jog around Reid Park, about a mile away. The Menlo Park area needs some improvement, in my opinion. But if Rio Nuevo and Downtown Tucson ever realize their full potential, it could be a swingin' place. The Menlo Park area has Tumamoc Hill. It's hard to get more scenic than that around town.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:42 AM
 
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Menlo Park is still somewhat of a transitional neighborhood. There are some great houses there though. If I had a little money, I'd buy in the Mercado District there, just because it's a beautiful area and a beautiful concept that has a really great potential if the housing market ever regains footing. Plus, the Mercado San Agustin is great, and being right there next to it would be even better.

For Speedway/Alvernon, it depends on which side of the corner you're looking at. To the northwest, it varies street to street. There are some ratty apartment complexes but also some nice houses, particularly the closer you get to Country Club. Southwest is some really low-end apartments and weekly rate pseudo flop houses, but it does get nice as, again, you go west toward Country Club. Northeast is mostly all low-end rentals. Southeast is a decent area of mostly cute, little ranch houses.

For running, on the west side, people run up "A" Mountain and Tumamoc Hill. You also have the hike/bike trail that runs along the Santa Cruz River there, but it can be a little sketchy right there. Running through Downtown, particularly up through the El Presidio neighborhood, is really nice. I used to really enjoy biking through there in the morning.

Speedway/Alvernon, Reid Park's popular perimeter jogging path starts about a mile from the intersection at Alvernon/Broadway. There's also the 3rd Street corridor just south of there, which is a "bike boulevard," meaning heavily restricted car traffic and crosswalks with traffic signals. You can run it all the way to UA and make a nice, roughly 5-mile roundtrip. There's also the track at Catalina High School near there, which I believe is open to the public outside of school and extra-curricular hours (I know the tennis courts are).
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