Iron Horse Neighborhood News
IHNA April Meeting Notes

            John reported on the Junction, which is progressing on schedule. Beginning next week the Junction team will start the sidewalk replacement on 3rd avenue. Candace, the property manager for the Junction, reported that U of  A students who have a 3.0 or higher and can show documentation will receive a discount on rent.

            Donovan was unable to attend the meeting, but wrote a letter saying that Parkwise is planning to put meters along 9th Street to bean and possibly on 3rd avenue south of 9th. They haven’t decided whether or not they will go east, all the way to 2nd avenue.

            Erika made a motion to use a maximum of 100$ from the neighborhood’s bank account to spend on a gift for a person who has been very kind and helpful to the neighborhood. The motion was seconded by Rick C., and passed unanimously. Erika asks that people email her privately with any ideas on what the gift will be.

             Dante is replacing Erika as a representative for downtown links. We are looking for someone to be an alternate representative for downtown links in cases where Dante is unavailable. If you interested, please send an email on the listerve.

            Rick C. reported on The Street Fair’s beer booth. Thanks again who all of the volunteers who helped this year! The booth was successful and the neighborhood made about $11,000 in beer sales, and $3,000 went back to the neighborhood. Altogether, there was over $4,000 in tips. Every year the neighborhood picks a charity to donate the tips to. Bill suggested that we donate money to “Positively Beautiful”, which is a local organization that works with people who are HIV positive. The person who handled fundraising for the organization passed away a few weeks ago. Rick C. suggested that we split the tip money between “Positively Beautiful” and another organization, so we can choose what to donate to at the next meeting. Bill made a motion to make a $400 donation to “Positively Beautiful”, and Rick seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Rick reported on the CCRC. Spring Fling was held on the U of A campus this year, and was very successful.

Rick also reported on the community garden. There a lot of weeds within the garden that need to be taken care of. Erika suggested that neighborhood members communicate through the listerve if they are interested in helping clean the garden. There is going to be a garden bike tour on the 26th of April, and our community garden is included in the tour. In other news, Rincon Heights’s garden is coming together very well, but they don’t have enough money to support the garden. Rick suggested that we consider donating some money to their neighborhood. Any ideas on which charity or organization to make a donation to can be posted on the listerve.

            Raquel and Dante won the monthly drawing, and both won a gift card to the new restaurant The Coronet, which is located just west of Fluxx.

The meeting was adjourned. 

#motion #raffle #streetfair #donation

Iron Horse Neighborhood Association Agenda 4/17/14

 6:30-6:40 PM Introductions

6:40-6:50 Crime report

6:50-7:00 Parking Committee with Al Rosen

7:00-7:05 Parkwise with Donovan Durband possibly

7:05-7:10 The Junction update

7:10-7:15 Downtown Links Citizen Advisory Committee take Erika’s place

7:15-7:20 Recognition of Neighborhood Leader

7:20-7:30 Beer booth & Tip Allocation

7:30-7:35 Gift Card Raffle

7:35-7:40 Phase two of the Chicane project (new growth on the desert willows)

7:40-7:45 The Coronet

7:45-7:50 Treasurers Report

7:50-7:55 CCRC

7:55-8:00 Garden Report

Checkout this video produced by Arizona Public Media on the “Lens on the Land” exhibit at Fluxx, and the photo murals downtown that show the Rosemont Mine controversy. The video features Mike W, Andy and Janette M, Maria C, Josh S,

Feeding Tucson

"Feeding Tucson" now has a user-generated local food resource map designed to show Tucson’s food supply. Examples of food resources include: community gardens, aquaponic systems, food forests, edible landscapes, farmer’s markets, training facilities, and commercial kitchens. If you know of a local food source, go to <> and share. Also, you can go to <> to help support a sustainable food supply for tucson. 

INHA April Meeting Notes

Mik W. called the meeting to order.            

Police officers J. Webb and M. Pelton gave a crime report. Much of the recent crime within the neighborhood has been drug related. The officers also addressed the upcoming NCAA basketball playoffs and what will happen if the Wildcats make it to the final 4. Riots have occurred in the past years in the 4th avenue area whether the Wildcats won or lost the championship. The officers are working with the U of A to put out a warning to students. 90 police officers will be positioned on 4th Avenue and Congress, and 350 police officers will be within the neighborhood on the final night.

            Corky P. presented on the revised downtown links sub district. They are trying to merge Downtown Links with Infill Incentive Overlay district to expand downtown links. This is an option- you are free to keep the zoning you already have.

            John with Buck Development gave an update on the Junction. Everything is on schedule, and there will be a decrease in outward operations in about a month. Erika M. asked John to clarify a few questions residents have had about the Junction. Amplified music will not but played in the pool area because it is too close to residential housing, and no one will be moving into the Junction until at least July.

            Ron Spark, a volunteer for the mayor reported on the outreach to neighborhoods. The city has over a million-dollar deficit so we have to make a change in our neighborhoods. There are a few ways that residents can help. To look up the ideas presented at the meeting, click on the following link: (Scroll to section on Attractive, Safe Neighborhoods)

            The annual Iron Horse Neighborhood elections were held. Mik W. was nominated for president by Rick C, and Bill D seconded it. Rick nominated Marilyn for vice president, and Erika seconded it. Marilyn nominated Erika M. for treasurer, and Rick seconded it. Dante was nominated by Erika M. to be the community relations coordinator, and Marilyn seconded it. Rick C was nominated to continue to be the street fair coordinator by Erika, and Bill seconded it.  Toby was nominated to be the garden coordinator by Rick, and Mik W. seconded the motion. All motions passed unanimously. The position of secretary wasn’t filled at the meeting, and will hopefully be filled at the April neighborhood meeting.

            Donovan D. from the parking committee Parkwise reported that they will be installing solar powered parking meters on fourth avenue and some of the side streets. Permit areas will be available to residents. If you have any questions on the upcoming project, contact Donovan through the neighborhood’s listserve.

            Due to limited time, the treasury report was passed. Bill D. is in the process of proposing the chicane project to the city. He wrote a letter to the city and will let the neighborhood know when he hears back.

            The street fair is this weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am-6pm)! The IHNA beer booth will be located on the corner of 4th street and 4th avenue. Rick C. advises anyone who will be volunteering for the beer booth to show up to their shift 15 minutes early.

            Rick C. reported on the CCRC. He requested that residents of IHNA take pictures of what they think represents a good community and send it to him. He will present these pictures to an organization that visited the CCRC and is trying to document what makes a good community.

            The meeting was adjourned. 

#motion #board elections #street fair #Junction

Possibly Raised Bus Fares- The Bus Riders Union

At thursday’s neighborhood meeting, Lisette Barragan from the Bus Riders Union will be speaking. During April or May, city council members will be voting on whether or not they will raise bus fares. This will impact the entire Tucson Community- 25% of the population of the city is low-income. The Bus Rider’s Union are signing up 1,000 new bus riders and their supporters to join the union. They are also seeking support from businesses, institutions, other unions, and neighborhoods. 


Iron Horse Neighborhood Association Agenda

Date:  3/20/2014          (This thursday!)              

6:30-6:40 PM                        Introductions

6:40-6:50                        Crime report

650-7:00                        Downtown Links Sub-District of IID (Poster Frost Mirto)

7:00-7:05                        The Junction update

7:05-7:15                        Ron Spark with the Mayor’s office

7:15-7:20                        Elections for new Board of Directors

7:20-7:25                        Tucson Bus Riders Union (Lisette Barragan)

7:25-7:40                        Phase two of the Chicane project (new growth on the desert willows)

7:40-7:45                        Parking Committee

7:45-7:50                        Treasurers Report

7:50-7:55                        CCRC

7:55-8:00                        Garden Report

"Lens of the Land" exhibit at Fluxx

To residents of the Iron Horse Neighborhood—
The IHNA Facebook page received an email today from a producer who works for Arizona Public Media. He is interested in interviewing people who saw the recent exhibit at Fluxx, entitled “Lens of the Land” and featured pictures related to the Rosemont Mine Project. He would like to interview people with different opinions on the project. If you saw the exhibit and are interested, please send a private message so I can send you his contact information. 

March 3rd is Brush & Bulky Pickup

Hi Neighbors,

Don’t forget that March 3rd is Brush & Bulky Pickup week.  Materials must be set out by 6am the Monday of that week, but may be picked up at any time throughout the week.  For no extra fee, the City of Tucson will pick up-

  • Brush, tree trunks, branches and other green waste (up to 5 feet long and 24 inches in diameter)
  • Lumber (up to 5 feet long and stacked in a separate pile)
  • PVC and metal pipes (up to 5 feet long)
  • Railroad ties (limit 5)
  • Furniture, carpet, and doors
  • Lawn mowers with fuel tank and crank case removed
  • Scrap metal (bicycles, swing sets, etc., broken into 5 foot lengths)
  • Cacti (must be contained - up to 25 lbs.)
  • Appliances (remove freezer/refrigerator doors)
  • Car tires (limit of five automobile tires)
  • Metal drums (empty and cut in half)

For more information, see the City of Tucson Brush and Bulky website.


Fluxx Indoor Yard Sale!

Fluxx Indoor Yard Sale! This Sat Feb 22nd

7:00am to 11:30am

Whatever isn’t sold is getting donated to Goodwill.

If you would like to join us and sell some of your used but still good items…come on by. We’d love to see you. Earn a few extra $$ while clearing out clutter. ***let us know here if you’re interested in selling so we’ll make room for you*** and if you would like to donate back…we are more than grateful!!! Coffee will be provided :) 

Kitchen stuff

This and that…And if you can’t make it but would like to make a donation in any amount to Fluxx, visit and we mean any amount, we could really use the Help! Thanks you…