The city of Tucson has come up with an innovative plan for a downtown streetscape that incorporates the arts district.
Half of the street parking on South Scott Avenue will be eliminated so wider sidewalks with trees and benches will lead to the Temple of Music and Art.
The idea is to create a safe, well-lighted pedestrian area in the arts district, said Fran La Sala, an assistant to the city manager. Work is expected to start in November and be finished next spring.
If downtown Tucson is to become the welcoming, pedestrian-friendly place that many envision, ideas such as that planned for Scott Avenue must be used more often.
There is no need for multiple lanes of traffic in addition to parking on every downtown street. The Scott Avenue proposal is an exciting experiment.