Tucson’s Barrio Viejo, or Old Neighborhood, is arguably the prettiest place to take photographs in Southern Arizona’s art-centric metropolis. The historic, adobe structures line a few narrow avenues between downtown and the Old Pueblo’s South Side. Since 1971, a concerted effort has been made to restore and revitalize our local, picturesque city centre. Whether you’re new to town, simply visiting or have created generations of history here, keeping Barrio Viejo healthy feels like an invaluable investment.
Every graveyard tells its own story, says Tucsonan Richard Rosen, former owner of the Bisbee-Douglas Jewish Cemetery, located about 100 yards from the U.S.-Mexico border. Regardless of its current condition, the land still radiates a strong spiritual energy, says Rosen.
“There’s something right about it, and there’s also something magical about this place,” he says.
Bright colorful new murals scattered around downtown will do more than beautify Tucson — they’ll provide an economic boost by helping to brand Tucson as an exotic, world class destination, and by reducing the money spent on graffiti abatement, says Michael B. Schwartz, director of the nonprofit Tucson Arts Brigade, which facilitates the City of Tucson Mural Program.
“We did some surveying,” he says, and found that dozens of people have been coming downtown daily just to look at the murals, often staying to dine or shop.
Written by Phyllis Braun, Arizona Jewish Post executive editor. Find the entire article here.