TUCSON -- Now that the state has extended the city's Rio Nuevo tax, some say developing a big new arena downtown is a top priority for the Rio Nuevo project.
We already have an arena (see photo) downtown. Often these giant buildings sit underused, hogging large spaces that could be better used daily by residents and business.
TCC is good enough for the Dalai Lama. I'm not sure we need a new arena. Tucson needs other local businesses downtown, and more people living there and close by.
Unless Tucson is going to get a NBA team (not happenin' now, but should) a big new arena may not be the best way to spend our Rio Nuevo money.