The haunted house of Tucson underpasses

The haunted house of Tucson underpasses

The Sixth Avenue underpass into downtown is Halloween-ready. The lights hum and cast a green light that makes pedestrians look like the walking dead. There used to be lights on the exterior, but they seem to have lost their heads.

Here's one idea for how to make it better...

Where did the lights go? The Sixth Avenue tunnel was built in 1930.

Let muralists take over the underpass. There are already murals on this building adjacent to the south end of the underpass. And the Downtown Mural Project, funded by several groups, recently finished a series of wonderful art on other buildings. Why not paint the underpass next?

Meanwhile, for a friendlier way into and out of downtown from the north, take the Stone or Fourth Avenue underpasses. The former has retained all of the grace of its 1935 construction: a Mission style with a curvilinear parapet and arched copings. And Fourth Avenue, rebuilt in 2009, has lots of artwork at both entrances.

Stone Avenue

Stone Avenue

Fourth Avenue

Fourth Avenue

Here's the story of how Pima County built this atrocious monstrosity

Here's the story of how Pima County built this atrocious monstrosity

The art of tile, South Tucson style

The art of tile, South Tucson style