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We can revitalize Tucson if we pay attention to our neighborhoods. My priorities are neighborhoods that are safe, attractive and walkable, with an appropriate mix of business and recreational activities nearby. Here are some ways I would help bring that about.
Partner with business and neighborhood groups to prevent, report and clean up graffiti. Ensure that law enforcement has appropriate resources to catch and convict offenders.
School Resource Officers
Increase the use of School Resource Officers to help with school safety. These specially-trained uniformed officers are a visible resource for kids to go to with problems at school or at home.
Deliver on the basics
After public safety, people expect basic services to be taken care of – street lights, pothole repair and garbage pickup.
Local priorities, local control
I would help form business/neighborhood improvement districts throughout Tucson. These are small, multi-block areas, where businesses and residents come together with a plan to pay for agreed-upon improvement projects. People who live and work in the district set the priorities and control the funding.
Have each city department identify grant writers and researchers, and develop plans to pursue grants for programs, operations, facilities and equipment.
Restore older housing
Use grants, partnerships and incentives to help seniors and low-income residents with repair and maintenance of older homes.
Active, social Tucson
Keep senior and neighborhood centers, parks and after school programs available for Tucsonans to get out and meet their friends and neighbors.
Walkable, bikeable Tucson
Road design and redesign should be bike and pedestrian friendly wherever possible.