Stauffer, Tom
December 2005
Planning;Dec2005, Vol. 71 Issue 11, p18
Trade Publication
The article looks at Tucson, Arizona's plan to revitalize its downtown. In 1999, city voters approved a 10-year tax increment financing for all of Rio Nuevo, Tucson's downtown revitalization project. However, little has been built except infrastructure. Rainbow Bridge, the huge suspension bridge and science center designed by architect Rafael Vinoly, has become a symbol for Rio Nuevo supporters and detractors alike. Overall, Rio Nuevo has attracted more than $371 million in private investment and a state sales tax and matching city funds have helped to restore two historic theaters and built a parking garage and ticket office for the city's convention center. According to Greg Shelko, Rio Nuevo's director, the revitalization project will redefine the image, culture and history of Tucson.


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