Neighborhoods: Dunbar/Spring

Neighborhoods: Dunbar/Spring

One of the success stories of Tucson, the Dunbar/Spring neighborhood has a rich history and offers many amenities, not the least of which is incredible access to downtown, the University and the Interstate. Named after Paul Lawrence Dunbar and John Spring, it was the city’s first African-American neighborhood and today it continues that heritage as one of the most diverse, important and vital parts of Tucson. Whereas it had fallen into some disrepair and ill repute in the 80’s and 90’s, the neighborhood has bounced back nicely on the strength of…

Destinations: Reid Park

Destinations: Reid Park

First, let’s clear up an age-old Tucson argument – is it Reid Park or Randolph Park? It’s Reid Park. Much like “A Mountain” is actually Sentinel Peak, which just happens to have a big “A” at the top of it, what many Tucsonans call Randolph Park is actually Reid Park, though it was originally named Randolph Park and parts of the park still retain the old name. With that clarified, let’s go back to the beginning. In the early 1900’s, Epes Randolph was a railroad tycoon, banker, hotelier, miner and many…

Neighborhoods – Samos

Neighborhoods – Samos

The Samos neighborhood is a small, but essential slice of central Tucson, located just about a mile or so North of the University of Arizona campus and offering up great housing as well as some interesting choices for food, drink, shopping and more! So what’s there? It’s a bit deceiving when you see the stretch of Campbell which necessarily serves as the neighborhood hub, since it looks like a nasty collection of aging strip malls. But look a little closer and you’ll see that for this little stretch (technically between Glenn…