Living on the Edge

“Here dog-E, nice dog-E.”

This morning, 23 June 2016, a neighbor invited me to attend a Dog Fight. Politely I declined. This during my daily morning stroll through the neighborhood where I live comfortably and work efficiently, South Tucson.

A neighborhood gato

South Tucson is a city in Pima County, Arizona, United States and an enclave of the much larger city of Tucson. South Tucson is known for being heavily influenced by Hispanic, and especially Mexican, culture; restaurants and shops which sell traditional Mexican foods and other goods can be found throughout the city.

Give me $100 or less in cash and in less than thirty minutes I can procure for you illicit thrills from drugs, primarily Crack and Meth, to sex, to admission to an illegal Dog or Cock Fight.

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,490 people, 1,810 households, and 1,125 families residing in the city. 81.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The medium income for a household in the city was $14,587, and the medium income for a family was $17,614.

I enjoy my morning strolls through the five block radius from where I live and work, a former steel mill now converted into nine large living and working studio spaces for artists and artisans of all types and stripes. I live here comfortably and work efficiently.

The entrance from my kitchen to my backyard.
The alleyway parallel to where I live/work, Kandi Koated Art (KKA)

I shot these photos with my trusty iPhone. It allows me to wander freely and attracts less unwanted attention than my 35 mm Canon DSLR. Dig?

South Tucson was incorporated as a city chiefly to take advantage of provisions in Arizona statutes at the time that permitted an incorporated city to have more alcohol licenses than comparable county areas and to permit dog racing.

South Tucson has been struggling with dangerously high crime rates. In most crime categories, South Tucson had higher 2006 crime rates than those of Camden, New Jersey, which is the United State’s most dangerous city on Morgan Quitno’s statistics.

But all is not doom and gloom. Kitty corner to Kandi Koated Art is the Santa Cruz Catholic Church, built between 1916 and 1918 and significant for its construction using unstabilized mud-Adobe bricks made in the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. It is also the largest known major adobe building in Arizona, and the only surviving example of a major public building built of adobe.

And located less than a half mile due north of Kandi Koated Art in the heart of downtown Tucson proper is the highly insulated and police protected University of Arizona known for its outstanding Med School.

So please, consider visiting South Tucson, and if you do, consider visiting Kandi Koated Art, where indelible images are conceived, executed, and sold.

Photos, Logo design and art by Roger Hilleboe, aka #Iconoclast00. Text by Hilleboe and lifted from Wikipedia.

Thanks for taking the time to look at, perhaps even read this photo-report. Comments welcome and encouraged. rhilleboe@mac.com

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