S. 12th Avenue is rich with mexican culinary destinations and is a cultural hotspot. I am working with my colleagues to apply for any and all funds for infrastructure investment in this area. The goal is to make it a Tucson destination similar to Olvera Street in Los Angeles. There are already culinary tours led by Gray Line Tours and it is part of the 23 miles of Mexican Food, sponsored by Visittucson. The southside business Coalition is very active in the area - with Benjamin Galaz of BK Carne Asada Tacos and Hot Dogs leading that effort.
Arizona Daily Star reporter wrote a great story on June 5, 2013. Check it out below
Also, below please find a snapshot of the kinds of transportation infrastructure we are seeking for S.12
The S. 12th Avenue Pedestrian Safety & Beautification Project will create a safe environment for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along 2.4 miles of busy arterial roadway between Drexel Road and 44th St.
This corridor is home to diverse, locally-owned small businesses unique to Tucson’s south side. Famous Mexican “carretas” like Guero Canelo and B.K.’s Sonoran Hot Dogs got their start here, and the area continues to serve as a commercial destination and incubator for businesses and restaurants.
Pedestrian infrastructure is severely lacking along this stretch of roadway, and investments in sidewalks, shade trees, and functional art create economic development opportunities. Improvements support existing businesses, encourage new enterprise, provide better access to and from adjacent schools and neighborhoods, and improve the safety of all roadway users. Public art and beautification reinforce neighborhood pride and a sense of community while encouraging investment on private property.
Our goal is to construct 2.4 miles of sidewalks on both sides of S. 12th Avenue to link intermittent stretches where none exist, and strategically place streetscape improvements, street trees, public art, and way-finding signs to attract pedestrian traffic on this busy, car-centric road.
We are always looking for opportunities for investment in 12th Avenue! You can check out the Transportation Enhancement grant request here:
Part of the City's CRUSADE FOR SHADE!
Rainwater harvesting, shade trees, public art and pedestrian/bike wayfinding will be gateway features at St. Johns School in the NW corner of Ajo and S. 12th Ave., and in the SE corner of Drexel and S. 12th Avenue. Shade trees and public art will be placed near transit stops on the east side of S. 12th Avenue near the intersections of Palmdale, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wyoming, and on the west side of 12th Avenue at Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Michigan.