Tucson neighborhoods that say "welcome"

Tucson neighborhoods that say "welcome"

I bet Fred Rogers would appreciate these distinctive signs and murals.

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Like so many Tucsonans, the lumberback is not a native. He moved from the West Coast in 1964 and took up residence at the northwest corner of Glenn Street and North Stone Avenue. That was long after ranchers first settled Coronado Heights in the late 1800s. He came for business, not as the symbol of the neighborhood. But at this point, he’s probably been there longer than almost anyone. Coronado Heights is bounded by Glenn on the south, Fort Lowell on the north, Oracle on the west and Stone on the east.

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Did bison ever roam what is now the Iron Horse neighborhood near downtown? I have doubts, but the mural is cool. Not sure, but I think it might have been painted by the same artist as the Santa Rosa mural. The buffalo are on the side of the Buffet bar on East 9th Street. Iron Horse, named for the railroad tracks that run along the neighborhood, is bounded by 8th Street on the north, Broadway on the south, Fourth Avenue on the west and Euclid on the east.

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I am not sure if this humanoid in the Pie Allen neighborhood has a name, and I am never quite sure if it is welcoming visitors or trying to scare them away. It’s distinctive, though, so points for that. Pie Allen, named for a former mayor who sold pies back in territorial days, is bounded by 6th Street on the north, Broadway on the south, Fifth Avenue on the west and Park Avenue on the east.

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The tiles with iconic symbols of the neighborhood and the homemade look of this sign make it a favorite. Menlo Park is west of I-10. The other boundaries, roughly, are St. Mary’s Road on the north, 22nd Street to the south and Tumamoc Hill to the west.

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When it comes to signs, there’s nothing better than those in South Tucson. There are colorful tile murals all over the one-square-mile city. There’s even….

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a sign of farewell.

Long may this ghost sign live

Long may this ghost sign live

Keep cool and safe in Tucson

Keep cool and safe in Tucson