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Old 04-14-2022, 02:24 PM
 
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Hello!! I’m considering moving from an area where we are unable to give our 9 year old much independence and freedom. Are there neighborhoods in Tucson that look like this:
-warm and friendly community/ neighbors
-kids play outside on their own
-parents send their older elementary kids on easy errands to build confidence and independence (eg down the street to the store/to a neighbor’s to borrow milk)…
-families are relatively happy with the public schools (doesn’t have to mean amazing test scores necessarily)
We are open to more urban and more rural or suburban options and price is not a big factor at this moment.
Thank you in advance!!!!
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Old 04-14-2022, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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I think you are a generation or two too late....I did that in the 50's.
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Old 04-14-2022, 04:12 PM
 
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Hey, it's worth a shot!!
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Old 04-15-2022, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Hey, it's worth a shot!!
It's Five O'Clock Somewhere !
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Old 04-15-2022, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Dessert
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I live in Drexel Heights. 2 to 10 acre lots, plenty of open land. Mostly older folks in the neighborhood, but I have seen kids on their own. My dirt road cul de sac doesn't get much traffic, I occasionally see somebody's grandkids playing there.
I don't know what the schools are like, but they're not too far away, as are grocery stores and restaurants.

I think it would be similar in many semi-rural areas with big lots.
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Old 04-15-2022, 10:46 AM
 
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I really appreciate that. Thank you!!
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Old 04-17-2022, 02:22 PM
 
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Hello!! I’m considering moving from an area where we are unable to give our 9 year old much independence and freedom. Are there neighborhoods in Tucson that look like this:
-warm and friendly community/ neighbors
-kids play outside on their own
-parents send their older elementary kids on easy errands to build confidence and independence (eg down the street to the store/to a neighbor’s to borrow milk)…
-families are relatively happy with the public schools (doesn’t have to mean amazing test scores necessarily)
We are open to more urban and more rural or suburban options and price is not a big factor at this moment.
Thank you in advance!!!!
Not in Tucson. You might want to look north towards Marana or Oro Valley - suburban bedroom communities.
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Old 04-29-2022, 06:59 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I live on a culdesac in a gated community outside Tucson city limits. It is a wonderful neighborhood. There are ten houses on the street. Four of the homes have children. I’ve seen them play “in the street” a handful of times before Covid and when they were younger. All elementary level. Currently, there is no playing outside or associating. Covid? The kids have nothing to do with one another. In walking the neighborhood I have rarely seen a child outside doing anything. Now the heat is one reason and there’s about five months of that. Even pool water can become uncomfortable for several months. The other issue is wildlife eg. Coyotes, Javelina. Perhaps it is just my neighborhood but my guess is the playing in the street cannot compete with internet and social media. Kinda sad.
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Old 04-20-2023, 09:18 PM
 
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Hello!! I’m considering moving from an area where we are unable to give our 9 year old much independence and freedom. Are there neighborhoods in Tucson that look like this:
-warm and friendly community/ neighbors
-kids play outside on their own
-parents send their older elementary kids on easy errands to build confidence and independence (eg down the street to the store/to a neighbor’s to borrow milk)…
-families are relatively happy with the public schools (doesn’t have to mean amazing test scores necessarily)
We are open to more urban and more rural or suburban options and price is not a big factor at this moment.
Thank you in advance!!!!
I know this post is old but I just wanted to check in and see where you ended up since my family had the exact same question! Thanks!
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Old 04-21-2023, 05:11 AM
 
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My subdivision has a couple of large desert tracts that run through the middle of it with a hiking trail and workout equipment on it. On occasion I spy the efforts of some 10 year old boys where they have built a fort in a hidden corner off the trails.
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