- Two lane roads ("arteries") that should have been widened to 4 lanes 25 years ago and would have been were it not for compleat idiot and traitor Raul Grijalva. You may recall seeing him on TV as our congressman calling for a boycott of Arizona business over SB 1070. Well, he was Chair of the county board of supervisors way back in his career. His asinine "no sprawl" doctrine was supposed to be enforced by keeping the roads small. GUESS WHAT? Sprawl came anyway and now 100,000 people commute through capillaries.
- 3 out of 5 drivers are drooling, addle-minded zombies whose eyes are glazed over and who have one speed: 8 mph under whatever the posted speed is. This, combined with the above mentioned capillaries, means that traffic is EXACTLY synchronized to miss every green light. And if you give it a few moments reflection, it dawns on you that this also creates a no-win situation. Even if you manage to get around the zombie leading your particular pack, you can enjoy the speed limit for only a short time before you come up to the back of the next procession.
- Bumper stickers - oh, my goodness, the bumper stickers. Conservatives and moderates have pretty clean and nice cars. The other 60% of Tucson drive old, beat-up Yugos or Gremlins or Datsuns that are plastered with obscene and annoying liberal fare.
- Abundant potholes, dreary, rundown small business buildings, graffiti scrawled everywhere. Its a depressing place.
- The local (and only) newspaper, the Arizona Daily ("Red") Star, can be counted on to consistently deliver the Marxist version of the facts. When the economy tanked in 2008, the editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons chastised us locals for reading the Star online instead of buying the hardcopy version.
So why do I live here? I was raised here, but that's not a good reason by itself. I have a good job at the "world-class" university here while Tucson's overall population's average income is somewhere around $23k last time I checked. But in spite of the major drawback that Tucson is in the middle of it, it's the Sonoran desert and its climate that keeps me here, at least for now.