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World of Beer Brings More Beer to Downtown Tucson. A Perfect Storm?

The two Cadence maxi-dorms can be seen at left and right, just beyond the 4th Ave Underpass.

The two Cadence maxi-dorms can be seen at left and right, just beyond the 4th Ave Underpass.

A World of Beer franchise will be opening on the ground floor of The Cadence, that giant, six-story, white student housing complex rising from the old dirt lot next to the Rialto Theater downtown.

What could be more perfect than a 3000-square-foot bar located under a maxi-dorm with 465 apartments? This sounds like a capitalist’s dream and a parent’s nightmare.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am not a beer drinker, so I don’t see the point of opening another beer joint downtown– especially a franchise (owned by some guy from Tempe). World of Beer will be in direct competition with local beer joints already in the immediate vicinity of The Cadence, namely The Shanty, Thunder Canyon Brewery, Gentle Ben’s, Barrio Brewing, and Borderlands Brewery.

In fact, from the promotional article in the Arizona Daily Star, it sounds as if World of Beer will have only beer (lots of it) and no food. This is the model of The Shanty and Borderlands. (Technically, The Shanty has other types of drinks, but their wine is crap, the pour is small and expensive, and they don’t have proper wine glasses. It is a beer-drinkers’ hangout.) Thunder Canyon, Barrio, and Gentle Ben’s may be OK, since they all have decent food and wine. WOB will have local live music, which the others don’t have. (IMHO, Barrio was stupid to take out that stage.)

Are the City of Tucson and maxi-dorm developers creating a perfect storm of students, alcohol, and crazy traffic patterns downtown? I think so.

The University of Arizona (along with my other alma mater Ohio State University) have both made the national party schools lists. I think all of this will land the UA at the top of that list.

When I went to Ohio State, the average GPA for each dorm was routinely published in the newspaper. It was easy to see which dorms were the party dorms. One set of dorms was sooooo bad academically that the university eventually closed them and made them into offices.

Once all of these maxi-dorms are in full operation, it would be interesting to compare the average GPAs. Me thinks the dorm with the beer joint on the ground floor will not fair well in the academic achievement area. Some people do go to college to earn a degree, don’t they?

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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