After a long day’s drive across the desert southwest from California, I spent a few days in Tucson with a friend from younger days.
As with my other stops along this road trip, I wasn’t looking for cityscapes. However, since I had arranged to meet another friend (her ex) for lunch in town, she told me I should check out the downtown shopping area. “Hippie Gypsy,” she said. I didn’t know what that meant, except as a reference to the Grateful Dead. I would find out. (Later I recalled that lyric was from The Who’s Going Mobile.)
Historic Fourth Avenue dates back to the early 1900s. The street art was dazzling. The iconic smoke shop’s murals are a shrine to the 60s.The highlights for me, poking into a few shops, were the independently owned bookstore and vintage record shop. And, of course, a respite into air conditioning from the 86-degree F heat was also welcome. The Tucson temperature gets scorching hot in the summer, but this early March day was warm enough for me.
A few more street scenes
This timely storefront display moved me.
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