If only our leaders would realize the opportunities. Tucson just received stimulus funding for 42% of the project's total cost. article. This is on top of the previous $25 million they received from the feds in 2008.
Oh, and did I mention that the University of Arizona is constructing residential halls with over a thousand beds in downtown Tucson?
While they've been studying our downtown and taking strategic action toward improving theirs, we've been resting on our laurels waiting for the market to fix things for us. Apparently.