PUBLIC ART ADORNS TEN OF 22 STREETCAR STOPS - The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar starts public operations at the end of July, but the route is already bursting with new public art. Eight artists designed the artwork for the ten streetcar stops and the Sun Link Operations and Maintenance Facility. Another artist designed the art on the Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge. Each piece represents the artist's overall interpretation of "flow" - such as the flow of time, history, words, ideas, etc. across our city - to symbolize the streetcar's flow of transportation through Tucson's urban core. The $765,000 cost for the art was funded by the City of Tucson and Pima County’s Percent for Arts Program, which allocates one percent of the budget for capital improvement projects for public art. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
TODAY IS ARBOR DAY AND TUCSON WINS A RELATED HONOR - The City of Tucson is one of 25 Arizona communities to receive the 2013 Tree City USA recognition. This marks the 22nd consecutive year that Tucson has received the award from the Arbor Day Foundation program. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day foundation, USDA Forest Service, and the National Association of State Foresters. Among other things, the designation provides national recognition for greener communities. Next month, as part of Tucson's commitment to trees, Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County will dedicate 27 commemorative trees along the Pantano River Park. Each tree to be dedicated was purchased by Tucson area residents, honoring friends and family.
VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK CONTINUES - Crews from Granite Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work Sunday to improve the roadway conditions on Auto Mall Drive from Wetmore Road to Oracle Road, and Wetmore Road from Oracle Road to First Avenue. These pavement improvement projects are part of the $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program. Both projects will begin with crews lowering manhole covers and water valve covers. This work will take place Sunday through Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the utility-lowering phase of the projects at least one lane of travel in each direction will be maintained. Read the news release.
NATIONAL MAYORS' CHALLENGE FOR WATER CONSERVATION ENDS SOON - After leading the Wyland Foundation's National Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation for most of the month, Tucson now is in second place for similar-sized cities whose residents pledged to save water. Corpus Christi, Texas, is now the leader in the 300,000-599,999 city population category. Last year, Tucson won the friendly competition. The online challenge continues through April 30. Take the pledge at MyWaterPledge.com and visit Tucson Water's website.
DOCUMENT SHREDDING AT TWO TUCSON LOCATIONS TOMORROW - Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich and Pima County Constable Bennett Bernal are hosting a Shred-it Tucson event tomorrow at Mansfield Park, 2000 N. 4th Avenue, from 9 a.m. to noon. The shredding service is free for the first box. A second box may be shredded for a $5 donation to Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence or Lend A Hand Volunteer Services. Another event will be hosted by Council Member Paul Cunningham's office, from 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Ward 2 Council Office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.