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Old 11-23-2009, 03:32 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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Hey all, I am a 24-year old college guy from Tampa considering a move for U of A. Long story short I love the weather and landscape of AZ and have no issue there.

Downside is Tucson seems like one big suburb to me, so much mindless sprawl. I like to hang out/party/people watch in nice urban areas where you're not stuck in a strip mall and can bar hop etc. Neighborhoods with a bit of color and "edge." From my questions/research places like this seem to be:

4th Ave (VERY nice, like it)

Main Gate (cute and adjacent to University)

Congress Street (DT Tucson seems nice)

My question for you guys is, are there any other urban and walkable neighborhoods/districts in Tucson? I am spoiled here in Tampa by tons of areas like this. Thank you for your input everyone.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:35 AM
 
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I see you made exactly the same post in the Phoenix forum, with respect to considering ASU. I think you've identified the main areas in both places (along with the other ones posted on the Phx thread), so good luck with whichever you choose!
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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There are some pockets here and there - Restaurant Raw on Tanque Verde, La Encantada, St. Phillip's Plaza, Plaza Palomino, etc., but nothing else in the real "urban" sense.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:11 PM
 
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as observer noted, it appears you may be considering both ASWho? and the U of A....

Tucson is much smaller than the Phx area and somewhat less sophisticated, if that's important to you....frankly, a little poorer-feeling than the Phx area, on average....I live here in Tucson most of the time and like the friendlier, slower-paced mood.....

4th Avenue is definitely urban and walkable, but not a wide-spread "region"....it has several good restaurants, bars, new and used clothing shops, "bead" shops, a couple gay/lesbian bars, Goodwill-type stuff....lots of pedestrians and some may even ask you for change!....close to downtown, UA, residential areas, but not a big area....

Main Gate is much more student oriented and not really an "urban" center (to me) despite being in the center of the urban area....more of a retail area serving the UA students/staff/faculty....certainly walkable and very central

downtown/Congress is obviously as urban as you can get, but is not a thriving 24/7 place....is busy during specific events, but not residential enough to have a 24/7 vibe....scattered galleries, bars, food places, but not enough residential.....

as with Phx and most Western towns, the town is very spread out...tight, urban, walkable neighborhoods are not as common as densely populated cities back East
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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I see you made exactly the same post in the Phoenix forum, with respect to considering ASU. I think you've identified the main areas in both places (along with the other ones posted on the Phx thread), so good luck with whichever you choose!
Stalker! I kid. At least my initial impressions were right then. No more interesting areas of Tucson? Again no more strip mall/suburban stuff.
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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Oh and that extremely bright colored complex in DT Tucson, what is that? I can't find anything on it other than pics, it's very vivid and every color imaginable, looks Native American-esque.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:06 PM
 
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Oh and that extremely bright colored complex in DT Tucson, what is that? I can't find anything on it other than pics, it's very vivid and every color imaginable, looks Native American-esque.
you may be thinking of La Placita Village, an urban (there's that word again) renewal project from the late 1960s that has gone thru several owners and now is a tired, somewhat-empty office/restaurant complex....no residential there....looked good on paper, I guess.....
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:36 PM
 
Location: West side
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I think the only real walkable place is Campus. And the trails out in the desert.
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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1. U of A

2. Main Gate

3. 4th Ave

4. Congress St.

Any other dense neighborhoods or districts for going out in?
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:01 AM
 
Location: 602/520
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1. U of A

2. Main Gate

3. 4th Ave

4. Congress St.

Any other dense neighborhoods or districts for going out in?
No.
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