The Neighborhoods of Tucson
The homes are diverse, with traditional homes in the desert designed in styles like Sante Fe or Territorial. Ranch designs and contemporary homes, too, are popular.
Older, well-to-do neighborhoods, once on the outskirts of Tucson, are now located in mid-town. The exclusive El Encanto neighborhood (near El Con Mall at Broadway and Country Club) is a series of streets that zig and zag with unusual, multi-story homes. Other examples of central Tucson neighborhoods include tree-lined Sam Hughes (3rd Street and Campbell) and West University (1st Avenue and University).
Many Tucsonans have opted out of the symmetry of the city and into the winding foothills and the privacy of country clubs. Newcomers seeking efficient, roomy housing will find dozens of new subdivisions surrounding the city. Northwest Tucson has flourished tremendously in recent years with family-oriented neighborhoods attracted by the Amphitheater, Flowing Wells or Marana schools. Popular attractions include Catalina State Park, shopping at the Tucson Mall and golf courses.
The Catalina Foothills, north of River Road, with elegant homes in natural desert settings is truly one of Tucson's most popular areas. The Catalina Foothills feature spectacular mountain and city views. The luxury resorts of Westin La Paloma, Loews Ventana Canyon, Sheraton El Conquistador and Westward Look are located here.
The east side is known for some of the city's most stable areas having nice neighborhoods with mature landscaping and clear views of the Rincon Mountains.
In the northeast part of Tucson - near Sabino Canyon and Catalina Highway - are large horse-property lots and affordable family homes. On East Tanque Verde Road is the lush green 49ers Country Club.
West-side homes are often more rural with bigger lots, open areas, and natural desert. The Starr Pass development with a 27-hole golf course is also on the west side.
The Economy of Tucson
The economy of Tucson has diversified since the days thirty years ago when the three "C's - copper, cattle and cotton - brought cycles of prosperity and recession. While these industries still occupy a niche in the economy, no single industry today controls the city's purse strings.
According to a forecasting project at the University of Arizona College of Business and Public Administration, Tucson will be on track in the new millennium with a robust economy. Marshall Vest, forecasting project director at the BPA College said, "We are going to continue adding people and our job growth will also be strong over the next several years."
Tucsonans today are just as likely to be employed in high-tech, tourist, telecommunication or defense industries. Besides being sources of desirable white-collar jobs, these are "clean" industries that have a minimal impact on the environment - further enhancing Tucson's reputation for an enviable quality of life.
According to a study by the Arizona Office of Tourism, over 4.5 million tourists visit the Tucson area annually. The gross revenue impact for Pima County exceeded $2 billion and supported more than 50,000 jobs.
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