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Broadway Coalition Calls for Sustainable Expansion that Protects Businesses & History

The Chase Bank at Broadway and Country Club (yeah, it's weird) is actually famously weird as an example of mid-century modern architecture. It could be demolished with the widening of Broadway Blvd.

The Chase Bank at Broadway and Country Club (yeah, it’s weird) is actually famously weird as an example of mid-century modern architecture. It could be demolished with the widening of Broadway Blvd.

The Broadway Coalition, a tireless group of Tucsonans who has been calling for reasoned expansion of Broadway Blvd., has issued an urgent call to action. If you don’t want to waste money on yet another unnecessary, unaffordable, and destructive road widening project, you need to speak up NOW– before Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (Details below.)

You can also learn more at tonight’s Sustainable Tucson which features the Broadway Coalition’s vision. (Details here and below.)

The proposed Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Plan calls for widening Broadway from downtown to Country Club Road. The original suggestions were based on growth projections from the 1980s. Unfortunately– or fortunately, depending upon your point of view– Tucson didn’t grow East. It grew North. (Background here.)

Tucson’s needs don’t match the old growth projections. Developers and people who will make money knocking down and rebuilding businesses along Broadway or make money on the road construction, want to go blindly forth on yet another unnecessary road widening project. The Grant Road widening will happen in the future; 22nd Street was just expanded and improved; and the Aviation Parkway is also available as a speedy East-West route from downtown.

With these three improved thoroughfares, why do we need a fourth? Why destroy our historic buildings to make way for more chain stores and strip malls? Why destroy thriving local businesses along Broadway to make way for a road project we don’t need? Enough crony capitalism already.

As mentioned above, shit is getting real now. The latest round of public comment ENDS MARCH 11 (Wednesday). Please read the call to action, and act!

Hundreds of citizens attended a meeting this summer to review plans to widen Broadway Blvd.

Hundreds of citizens attended a meeting in June 2014 to review plans to widen Broadway Blvd. At multiple junctures, the citizens of Tucson have questioned the need for widening Broadway.

From Broadway Coalition…


After 3 long years we are at the critical point of the Broadway Project. This project affects all of us in our community and sets the direction for transportation decisions for years to come.  The proposed alignment would wipe out at least 37 businesses and homes, including most of the structures on the north side of Broadway between Campbell and Park! This threatens the Rincon Heights Historic District.  We can significantly and creatively improve Broadway without this kind of destructive widening, wasting tens of millions of dollars, decreasing support for transit and other forms of travel.  An entire small business sector will be affected.We, that is, YOU, can make a valuable difference now. It will take you about 1 minute. There is a public comment period open now, but it will close March 11thDoing just one (or maybe all) of the following is critical.

By March 11th Email broadway@tucsonaz.gov and leave a message for the Citizens Task Force and the Project Team.

  1. Before or after March 11th email your comment to cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov and put Mayor and Council in subject line or call the City Clerk’s office at 791-4213 and leave a message for Mayor and Council.
  2. Before or after March 11th Email Mayor Rothschild at: Mayor1@tucson.gov.
  3. Before or after March 11th Like and leave a comment on to the Broadway Coalition Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/broadwaycoalition – and spread the word to your friends!


While using your own words is always better, you can send a simple message like:

  • We need Broadway as a thriving destination.
  • Give us a narrow alignment that protects our neighborhoods instead of destroying them.
  • Give us a smart, vibrant Broadway, not a dead zone.
  • Eliminate potholes not businesses.
  • Make Broadway better NOT just wider.
  • Don’t waste my tax dollars destroying neighborhoods.
  • This wide road is more dangerous and ruins Broadway. You can do better.
  • We can make Broadway better, more vibrant if we are smart.  No wide road.


Mayor and Council have all voiced their support for a good, narrow design.  With your voice they may vote that way as well.

From Sustainable Tucson… 

Monday, March 9, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone (free-lower level parking off Alameda St.)

Please ACT NOW! If you can’t come to tonight’s meeting, please send Tucson Mayor and Council the message that we don’t want to destroy buildings and businesses to excessively widen Historic Broadway. City staff and consultants DID NOT LISTEN to the community’s overwhelming opposition to unnecessary road widening. Call City Clerk’s Office: 791-4213.

Email the City manager: citymanager@tucsonaz.gov.

broadway@tucsonaz.gov by MIDNIGHT MARCH 11.

“Broadway Corridor Plan Aims to Demolish 37 Tucson Buildings” reads the Arizona Daily Star lead headline from Feb. 24th. City of Tucson staff and consultants are proposing an alignment of the 2-mile project that contains unjustified widths and unnecessarily destroys historic buildings and businesses. Also troubling, this staff plan varies from what elected city leaders have voiced is their preference — the most narrow solution for six lanes which meets the safety concerns for all modes of mobility.

Clearly, an irreversible Tucson Tragedy is in the making if we don’t act soon.

Come hear members of the Broadway Coalition describe their vision for the Historic Broadway Redesign Project including improvements for bicyclists, pedestrians, autos, and transit riders and creating vibrant places where people want to go to meet, shop, and enjoy life. Hear the Coalition rally the community to communicate to the City of Tucson that very little widening if any is necessary to make Historic Broadway the next great destination of historic significance and thriving small businesses.

The Coalition has already convinced the City, County, and RTA that 8 lanes is excessive. Now we just need to show that the narrowest width alignment is best for all.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6 pm.

We hope to see you all there.

–Sustainable Tucson & Broadway Coalition

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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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