The MPA Common Ground Awards Issue

More than 1200 jobs alone have been created at the Bridges due to the continued collaboration of Ward 5 council member Richard Fimbres, the surrounding four neighborhood associations and the developer. In a unique relationship, the neighborhood and Ward office communicate actively with the Retail West and Projects International in identifying the retail and job needs of the local neighbors. The adjacent low income neighborhood had no local grocery store, pharmacy or nearby job opportunities. Through the collaborative relationship, the group worked to bring in and support new retailers, restaurants and services including two big box stores historically protested within Tucson City limits. In an unusual situation, the four neighborhoods continue to engage with the developer, serve on the Design Review Committee and meet with City staff regarding ongoing development at the Bridges.