Our Opinion: The UA in Phoenixby Tucson Citizen on Oct. 12, 2006, under Opinion
Wednesday was a red-letter day for Tucson in Phoenix.
Arizona’s two largest cities, which have had a spirited rivalry that predates statehood, are working together on a monumental project that will benefit the entire state.
As Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon notes on the opposite page, the University of Arizona now is training doctors at its College of Medicine campus in downtown Phoenix.
Such cooperation would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. But after numerous studies showed that Arizona has too few doctors – and the situation will only get worse – Gordon got together with UA leaders to come up with an plan.
The result is the Phoenix campus of the UA College of Medicine – a campus that within a few years will be producing more doctors than the landlocked Tucson campus.
This is a win-win situation all around. And the long-term beneficiaries are the people of Arizona.