Streetcar explores Tucson's heart

2014-07-31T00:00:00Z 2014-08-06T14:27:07Z Streetcar explores Tucson's heartArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 31, 2014 12:00 am  • 

If you want to get a feel for Tucson, hop on the Sun Link streetcar and take it from end to end.

There you will see where miracles of modern science are born at the University of Arizona, and where folks who work and study there find their release along University Boulevard’s myriad shops and restaurants.

Turn the corner onto North Fourth Avenue to find the modern adventurer, the diverse collection of artists and entrepreneurs who have carved out a distinct personality in a destination-worthy stretch of commerce and creativity.

Follow North Fourth through the underpass that spills out into the city’s ultimate entertainment district. Congress Street is bookended by history — The Rialto Theatre on the east end, Fox Tucson Theatre on the west. In between are 60-plus restaurants, unique retail shops, nightclubs and lounges and a handful of “Coming Soon” signs that let you know it’s still a work in progress.

At the end of the line is the Mercado District, home of the Mercado San Agustín and its nearly two dozen shops and restaurants, including Ryan Clark’s Agustín Kitchen.

Bring a camera. Bring a friend. And bring your sense of adventure.

Click on the articles below to explore the streetcar districts.

Streetcar has helped to redefine Tucson's downtown

Restaurants, clubs and bars create bustling entertainment corridor.

Streetcar helps Tucson's birthplace grow

In the Mercado District, historic and contemporary culture mingle. 

Streetcar: Explore UA's hidden gems

University area packed with pockets of knowledge to be shared with community.

Streetcar rider's guide to mastering Main Gate Square

Stretch of shops and restaurants has something for everyone.

North Fourth by streetcar: From quirky eateries to bustling bars

'It’s just cooler – it’s hipper here'

Streetcar ride beats parking

Big-city-feel streetcar should deliver onvenience, customers, commuters.

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