APHZAB & APNA Elections & Meeting

Last night elections were held for the boards of the two organizations important to the welfare of our neighborhood. The Historic Advisory Board had only one vacancy caused by term expiration for Jack McLain, that board’s president. He was willing to run again and no others were nominated so Jack was reelected by acclamation.

Elections were also held for the Neighborhood Association Board and officers. Complete results will be published soon but these are the choices I noted: Anne Cooper who had been filling a board vacancy by appointment will now serve as Vice-President and is in line for the presidency in 2018. John Burr agreed to serve another year as president to facilitate a smooth transition to Anne and the members validated that move. Mark Crum and Nadine Rund agreed to continue their long service and were reelected to the board. There will be one drop of new blood on the board as Dee Dee Means was elected to her first term on the board. My poor notes failed to capture the election of our secretary and treasurer. Continue reading “APHZAB & APNA Elections & Meeting”

A Fun Day Around the Neighborhood

Donna and I just settled in after a great day enjoying activities near our neighborhood. First we walked to the craft market at the Tucson Museum of Art. We began with a great lunch at Cafe a la C’art at the museum. We both ordered the Cuban Sandwich which was quite tasty. She had the crispy fries as a side and I had the side salad with a flavorful vinaigrette dressing. We arrived by 11:30 but the place was rapidly filling up. The ordering line passes a display case with wonderful looking pies and other treats to test your willpower. The cafe also had a table of pastries and other take-away fare in the museum lobby. If you go tomorrow or Sunday, you needn’t go hungry.

We decided to finish our day’s dining at Johnny Gibson’s market. Each Friday they offer a Fish and Chips special and that is what we both ordered. It comes with fries and coleslaw. We both enjoyed our meals and will do it again from time to time. The deli case has many other ready to eat or ready to heat items ranging from meatballs to lasagna or tamales. Whatever your choice, you can enjoy it with one of a large variety of craft beers. If an entree salad is more to your liking, you can build one from the most comprehensive salad bar I have seen in Tucson. If you haven’t yet tried Johnny’s for dining or grocery shopping, you should soon.

After walking nearly five miles, perusing a huge variety of crafts and enjoying two fine meals, we are both glad to put our feet up. We’re tired but is is a good kind of tired. We can now rest while reflecting on the wonderful place where we live.

 

5 Points Market & Restaurant

This interesting dining spot is located at the intersection of Stone and 6th Avenue. You will first notice the entrance patio which is a great spot when not too hot or cold. Spring or Fall mild weather makes this a good choice. Even in  the warmer months, early dining is a pleasure here. We choose it often because our small dog, Lulu, is welcome here. There are many more tables inside for those times when outdoors dining doesn’t appeal. The interior gets a little noisy because of the hard surfaces and animated conversations of other diners. Hours are 7:00 ’til 3:00 daily with lunch starting at 11:00. Breakfast is served at all times. Prices are moderate in line with other downtown establishments.

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Dog friendly patio dining. Umbrellas shield from the sun

The Menus are interesting and the items we have sampled have been tasty. For lunch, Donna had the Pork Torta and enjoyed it very much. My Ham & Camembert sandwich 5 points lunch menuwas excellent though the combination of cheese and ham made it a little salty for this low salt diner. Both sandwiches were on very nice toasted breads.

We have tried more items from the breakfast menu. The giant pancake is very large but they do have a smaller size for the smaller appetite. The Smoked Salmon Benedict is an interesting variation on the classic favorite. They also sell the canned salmon on the deli shelves. My favorite is the Bandito Blanco with a delicious combination of poached eggs, potato and ham under a wonderful mornay sauce. The Eggleston Sandwich is also an excellent choice but if you want to eat it in normal 5 points brunch menusandwich fashion, ask to have the eggs cooked firm. I ate my soft yolked version with knife and fork. If you want one of the delicious scones baked daily, arrive early; they run out quickly. Each day is a different flavor.

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The blackboard has regular and daily specials. I wanted to try the Gumbo but it was all gone before I ordered.

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Deli: small but interesting items.

The deli doesn’t have a huge selection but what they do have is top quality. the smoked salmon is wild Alaskan sockeye canned by an Alaskan couple who now winter in Tucson.

Handyman Synopsis

This post was extracted from our listserv and is based on responses Paula received after requesting others to provide tips on handymen they had used and would recommend.

A number of listserv members requested I share the info I rec’d in regards to my handyman inquiry, so here it is, as well as a few others I found in my archives.

Paula 12th St.

This post was extracted from our listserv and is based on responses Paula received after requesting others to provide tips on handymen they had used and would recommend.

A number of listserv members requested I share the info I rec’d in regards to my handyman inquiry, so here it is, as well as a few others I found in my archives.

Paula 12th St.

  • I have a friend who may do that. He does handiwork. Dave Moyer dave@davidscottmoyer.com
  • I recommend Marcos (great handyman, last name unknown) (520) 272-1316.  We use him regularly.  He is prompt, diligent, frankly knows everything about a house inside and out.  His English is good.  He comes with truck full of tools.
  • We have a great handyman that my Mom’s been using for almost 30 years, and he’s fantastic.  Honest, neat and extremely competent.  We’ve referred many friends to him, and they’ve all been happy. His name is Dan (no idea what his last name is):  520-322-5380 (home) and 520-971-3375
  • Don Carroll, 331-8100, tucsonhandyman@cox.net  Very knowledgeable and experienced handyman who can serve as a general contractor on smaller projects. I have used him myself and highly recommend. Reasonable rates also.
  • We have used Luis Benitez for a number of projects – roofing, stucco, paint.  He is reasonably priced, on time and finishes when he says he will. He has been great for us! His number is 520.970.9187
  • For smaller jobs, we have used Vincente Manzano. He replastered a ceiling in our house and painted. It was a great job too. Again, reasonably priced & shows up when he says he will. He is more of a general handyman. His number is 520.302.6311
  • Our own AP member, Harpo Jaeger can also do general repair/maintenance items.
    harpo.jaeger@gmail.com

Posted by: Paula <operaflute@gmail.com>

Armory Park Businesses

This morning Donna, Lulu and I had another delicious breakfast on the Five points patio. Long term AP residents are likely to be familiar with the local businesses but us newer arrivals and those contemplating an AP future for themselves may not realize how many great options for dining and other needs are located nearby. Five Points will be my first effort once we have sampled the lunch offerings. Please advise me by email or comment f you find a business, especially a restaurant, worthy of recommendation.

Ken Taylor blog@kmtaylor.com

Historic Gem on S. 4th

Among the appealing features of Armory Park is its historic character from its panorama of classic residences. One of the finest of these is the McGinty-Laos house on South 4th Avenue. It was built in 1897 and hosted President Teddy Roosevelt on a visit to Tucson. It is cited among the architectural examples included in the armory park:74 ff study by the U of A College of Architecture in 1974. This study formed the foundation for the process which led to creation of the AP Historic District in which we live today. Continue reading “Historic Gem on S. 4th”

What a Community!

One of the things making AP such a great place to live is the sense of community. Last night, Halloween, took that sense up a notch. Special thanks to Janet Miller who promoted the idea of a neighborhood trick or treat effort and even put a map of “treater” locations on a map published via our listserv. Thanks also to the many neighbors who “treated” the kids so generously. Donna and I bought candy while on our travels so we would be ready upon returning home. We had about 40 “trickers” and ran entirely out of treats.

There were many positive comments on the listserv; here is one: “That really was our favorite Halloween ever! Thank you, neighbors, for making our little trick-or-treaters so happy & showing them the value of a wonderful community and neighborhood. We are so grateful to raise our little ones here! P.s. The puppet show was such a treat for kids & adults.”

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I feel so fortunate to live in such a special place.

Ken Taylor blog@kmtaylor.com

Things Are Looking Up

We just returned from the beauty and challenge of the red rocks of Moab and Sedona. Our modified Geo Tracker “Toby” took us to places most vehicles could not go. It was fun but we also had a treat on returning home.

The cooler fall temperatures seem to have inspired a lot of clean-up around the hood. Our location near 4th and 17th had a couple of challenging spots for walking and they have really been spruced up. Thanks to those property owners for making our neighborhood more walkable and MUCH more attractive. Making our usual morning rounds we observed a number of properties along 4th Avenue looking tidier.

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As the temperatures are more friendly for outdoor work, I hope momentum will build for individual and group efforts to clean up our public spaces. Perhaps the volunteer group from earlier this year will resume efforts to trim around stop signs and along sidewalks. I will be glad to join in.

Ken Taylor blog@kmtaylor.com

 

Let’s Keep Armory Park Walkable

Donna, Lulu Small black dog) and I walk the sidewalks of Armory Park every day we are in town. We enjoy the historic ambiance and the nice people we meet along the way. We also collect and dispose of trash since it is a good use of the time we are already taking to stroll. The only problem we regularly encounter is the untamed vegetation along some sidewalks which are something of an obstacle course. On the listserv, Phyllis has reminded us of the legal obligations in the city code for all property owners and tenants: 

Sec. 16-13. Exterior premises and vacant land.

(a) Accumulation of vegetation prohibited. Each owner, lessee, tenant, resident or occupant shall maintain a property so it is free of the accumulation or untended growth of vegetation. The accumulation or untended growth of vegetation means the presence of plants on property that create a fire, safety or health hazard, or that attract vermin either on the property, on neighboring properties, or on both, and includes but is not limited to:

(1) Any lawn grass that exceeds six (6) inches in height.

(2) All weeds that exceed six (6) inches in height.

(3) Dead trees or dead shrubs.

(4) Dead palm fronds within ten (10) feet of the ground, a structure, a fence or wall, or of any combustible other than the tree from which the fronds have grown;

(5) Any tree, shrub, or other form of vegetation of any kind on the property or on the adjoining right-of-way, street, or alley that extends over or under the sidewalk space or roadway in a manner that may interfere with the reasonable use of the street, sidewalk, or alley for pedestrian or vehicular traffic of any kind or that may obstruct the view or light distribution of traffic-control devices or luminaries. Vegetation must be trimmed and maintained to provide an unobstructed pedestrian path a minimum of forty eight (48) inches in width and eighty (80) inches in height from grade.

My preference  is to take a positive approach to keeping our public spaces passable and attractive. Involving city code enforcement should only be used with those such as absentee landlords who are unresponsive to positive efforts. Those of us who live in and love Armory Park are likely to do what is right with a little encouragement. If most community improvements are “grass roots” based, they are more likely to gain wider resident support. I want to encourage “bottom up” efforts to enhance our neighborhood. 

The first thing any of us can do is to keep the public area fronting our homes tidy. After you have taken that step, please encourage your Armory Park friends and neighbors to do likewise. For those areas without a responsive resident, informal trimming parties could do the job. This has precedent as recently as the first part of the year when a group was doing trimming to make stop signs more visible. I hope this group will reactivate and even broaden its efforts. I will be happy to participate. 

The bottom line is that we have a pleasant and historic community. We should not rely on the city or APNA to help it reach full potential. You and I should take on that job.

Ken Taylor blog@kmtaylor.com

Contributors & Reporters Needed

The secret to a successful blog or any website is current and relevant content. I will write as many articles and news stories as I can but to keep fresh content flowing, I need help. Reporting on important neighborhood meetings such as our two boards will keep residents informed. Your comments and reactions to stories will keep the boards informed. Both boards are elected by residents who need to be able to make informed choices.

Articles of neighborhood interest will serve to bring our residents together. I envision articles on new restoration projects or progress reports on the ongoing ones. Highlighting particularly attractive properties may encourage further improvements. Stories of grass roots neighborhood enhancements may stimulate further efforts. Highlighting walkability problem areas might lead to sidewalk repairs or vegetation trimming. You get the idea.

Effective communications is often the greatest challenge to successful group efforts. A thriving neighborhood requires group participation and that is what you can help to achieve.

Ken, blog@kmtaylor.com