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The central, but not sole, focus of Urban Issues is on events associated with evolution of a city or metropolitan area through growth and redevelopment, i.e., the cross-correlated dynamics of neigborhoods, government, the media, business, and developers.
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A particular concern of Urban Issues is the siting of Big Box retail stores (i.e.. Wal*Mart, Home Depot, and other warehouse stores) within dense residential neighborhoods. In 1999, the owners of El Con Mal announced the intention of building one or more Big Box stores. Three of the neighborhoods surrounding El Con Mall are Historic (El Encanto, Colonia Solana, and El Montevideo). The outcry over the inappropriateness of the proposed Big Boxes triggered an amendment of the Land Use Code, with special criteria and procedures applying to a new category, Large Scale Retail. An attempt by Wal*Mart to void the Amendment failed in the courts. They continue to try. Both the Big Box Amendment and the redevelopment of El Con Mall remain high-profile issues in Tucson. Their history serves as a case study of the complex, correlated dynamics of growth and redevelopment.
Urban Issues is dominated by Tucson matters. We hope that the site has interest for those living elsewhere. We intend that as the website evolves its geographical focus will broaden.
Construction of this website was begun on May 7, 2002. It went online May 22.
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