101-year-old prediction: "Paving of Meyer Street is doom of ancient adobes"
The Tucson City Council's 1915 decision to pave the main street in the barrio was hailed by the Arizona Daily Star as a sign of both doom and "one of the most significant moves in the transformation of the Old Pueblo into a modern metropolitan city."
Okay, so the newspaper got the doom part wrong. At this time of year, the barrio is full of camera-toting tourists as well as locals who want "ancient adobes" as the background for their wedding or graduation photos.
In that vein, it's the last part of the Star story that makes me smile to think how little has changed. "Meyer street is the resort of tourists in search of 'color,' " the paper reported on Aug. 14, 1915.