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Facing the kind of sprawl that gives Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs the feel of a landlocked Los Angeles, the advocates for controlled growth have lost much ground to preserve both Tucson's desert environment and the city's unique character, but it remains in some areas none the less.

The seemingly inevitable development sprawl has now passed through and ringed much of Tucson and beyond in the surrounding communities outside the city limits with vast suburbs and strip malls, yet it is far from becoming another Phoenix at least for the time being. With the City Council approval of zoning code changes allowing high rise apartments, condominiums, and other buildings the motto from developers and builders became 'build to the sky.' Tucson's off and on struggle, along with its at times failure to retain an identity distinct from other Southwestern cities is still going on, despite various bond issues, state and federal money, wasted and unaccounted funds, and years of attempts to breathe more life into the city's downtown. But, deep pocket business investors themselves were the ones bringing new businesses opening downtown along the Congress Street core areas and in a smaller measure along the street in the area known as the 4th Avenue Arts District. Both areas feature many community parades, events, shops, bars, other businesses, and restaurants.

 Tucson has much to offer residents and visitors alike with its many art and historical museums as well as private galleries, convention center events, historic neighborhoods, and many unique, local, mom & pop businesses, along with many fine restaurants of various cuisine. Looking deeper to those and the many hundreds of special and mystery shrouded local places that Tucson natives and some transplants have enjoyed for many years often take the seeker to a different perspective of this ancient oasis area of human habitation. The plans started years ago for a major downtown renaissance project known as Rio Nuevo held some hope despite the collected millions in taxpayers dollars put aside for it that seemed to have evaporated into vague studies, consultants, architectural plans, and $10,000.00 priced bronze plaques for politicians.

Tucson of today remains a large busy but beautiful, historical, culturally rich, mystery filled, and livable city. The Santa Catalina, Santa Rita, and other Mountains provide a truly stunning view from many areas of the city.  Tucson is very proud to offer some of the most dramatic scenery in the Southwest. No matter if you are taking in beautiful mountain views from a golf course, are sitting up in the saddle of a trail horse at a Dude Ranch, at a cozy table for two in a 100 year old Mexican family restaurant, or skinny dipping in Reddington Pass, your sure to find that Tucson can be a very unique vacation destination.

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