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Fall Cyclovia Set for Next Month

Tucson's biggest block party returns for its fall event on Sunday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 30,000 Tucsonans are expected to take part in Cyclovia Tucson, a special day for bicycling and playing on 5 miles of car-free streets. This year's event will take place in the midtown area, featuring 4th Avenue and Fontana Bike Boulevard.

Cyclovia is a chance for people to enjoy the outdoors from outside of a vehicle. You can see the Cyclovia route map, sign up for a volunteer shift, and learn more at the link above.

Lion Dies at Reid Park Zoo

One of the four lion cubs born at Reid Park Zoo in December 2013 died this week from issues related to valley fever and kidney disease. The University of Arizona, in partnership with Zoo veterinarians, conducted a full necropsy, which revealed that Bakko had significant inflammation and ulceration throughout his stomach. Further results are pending tissue sample tests.

Ride Streetcar to UA Football Game Tomorrow

University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link streetcar to the game. Prior to the 1 p.m. Family Weekend game against the Oregon State Beavers, fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop.

Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue Intersection Closure Starts Sunday

As part of the City of Tucson Department of Transportation's Downtown Links Phase III project, Century Link is continuing work to relocate existing facilities within the project limits. From Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m.-5 a.m., the Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue intersection will be closed to traffic in all directions. The intersection closure is in place each night to allow work crews to install underground conduit in the middle of the intersection. Nearby businesses will be open and accessible.

Tucson Meet Yourself Begins Tomorrow

Get ready for lots of food, entertainment and culture in Downtown Tucson this weekend at Tucson Meet Yourself. The annual celebration recognizes traditional arts of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico and their diverse ethnic and folk communities. The three-day event begins tomorrow at 11 a.m., featuring hundreds of artisans, home cooks, dancers, musicians, and special exhibits that celebrate diversity.

Residential Tower May Be Built Downtown

Tucson's tallest building could get a twin. Known simply by its address, One South Church, the building has had several names and owners since it was first built in 1986 as the United Bank Tower and ended its naming run in 2011 as the Unisource Energy Tower.

Now, the building is locally-owned, and the developers want to renovate the current structure and build a second tower on an adjacent, vacant lot. Developers say the residential tower could be as tall as 330 feet.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

City Initiative to Restore Neon Signs

Recognizing the value of local neon signs, the City's Historic Preservation Office has allocated $125,000 to restore some of these iconic landmarks.

To be eligible for the program, owners of blighted signs apply for Historic Landmark Sign designation, agree to keep the sign up for at least 10 years and pay 25 percent of repair costs. The Hacienda Motel (two signs), Riviera Motor Lodge, and Casa Linda Motel signs currently are being restored under the program.


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