Letter from the Editor

Light Rail, Heavy Economic Impact

Photo by Jon Wolf Photography

Let’s get down to business! That’s part of the theme for this issue, focusing on one of the Old Pueblo’s newest modes of transportation, which by some estimates has spurred north of a billion dollars in economic development.

Though the modern streetcar was launched with some public controversy, local leaders point to both how successful it has been in drawing riders, as well as attracting investment to the downtown area and beyond. Read Executive Editor Scott Barker’s report starting on page 52.

You also will find profiles of two Tucsonans who are well known because of their time working in broadcast media, as well as their community involvement, in addition to a local guy whose lab has helped countless organizations and governments. Catch up with Kristi Tedesco, Bill Buckmaster and Mike McGovern beginning on page 66.

February is often a hectic month in Southern Arizona, with La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society’s Gem and Mineral Show, and the Tucson Conquistadores’ Cologuard Classic. Our previews of the annual gem show and the golf tournament begin on pages 44 and 48, respectively.

Our food story takes you along the streetcar line to sample some of the tasty wares available near the UA campus, on Fourth Avenue and downtown. Join the fun by turning to page 58.
And to get the scoop about how nutrition factors into cancer prevention, read our In Health article, starting on page 42.