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City, let county save Tumamoc

Citizen Staff Writer
Our Opinion

Tumamoc Hill, a West Side treasure that long has been desired by open-space devotees, appears headed for preservation.

The City Council this week agreed to buy part of the hill and accept liability for an old landfill there.

Pima County had hoped to buy the hill to keep it from being developed. But concerns about the landfill had put those plans on hold.

The hill is a popular hiking area. Some 2,500 years ago, it was the site of one of the largest villages in the Tucson Basin. Today, only ruins mark the spots where more than a mile of rock walls were erected.

The city agreement should allow the county to proceed with buying the land from the state and preserving it as a natural resource. That would be a community victory.

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