One word: meth.
Tucson fights 'open-air meth market'That's right where I work at GNC -- that very intersection! I'm so tired of seeing bug-eyed white trash crazy people! Pardon the French!
Midtown residents' cleanup effort watched by police across country
By Josh Brodesky Arizona Daily Star
The streets in Dodge Flower are lined with trash, shopping carts and signs advertising cheap rent. For residents who've made their lives in this Midtown neighborhood, such sights have become pitiful monuments to neglect — reminders of the transience, pockets of poverty and absentee landlords many blame for the neighborhood's descent.
In recent years, Dodge Flower and a handful of adjoining neighborhoods have become a mecca for meth dealers and users, drawn, residents believe, by the vast number of cheap rental properties. "It was kind of a lovers' lane for people who wanted to buy and sell meth, and it resulted in a high volume of crime in that area," Tucson Police Capt. David Neri, commander of the Counter Narcotics Alliance, said of the cluster of neighborhoods around North Alvernon Way and East Grant Road.
Driver in bicyclist's hit-and-run death on NW Side is given 5 years in prisonBoth people had meth in their system! What an unnecessary tragedy!
By Kim Smith Arizona Daily Star Tucson, Arizona
A Marana man was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing a 47-year-old bicyclist on the Northwest Side in August 2005. According to court documents, Mark William Haffner was driving west on West Ruthrauff Road west of North La Cholla Boulevard when he rear-ended Laura Diane Varela, and then fled.
Haffner turned himself in two days later, admitting that he'd taken "two puffs" of methamphetamine shortly before the incident, and he knew he'd struck someone. Tests showed Haffner, 45, had methamphetamine in his system, as did the victim.
Want to turn a bleeding-heart liberal into a fiery-hot conservative? Put him in contact with an endless stream of panhandlers, meth-heads, and drunk homeless!
There's something just wrong in the culture down here in the Southwest. Too much transience, too many drugs, not enough shared values or pride in one's community.
Give me that diffident Anderson Scandinavian hard-work, down-home conservatism. And let me live to 90, like Grandma Schenck.