1. Tucsonans Wish They Were From Portland
Source: Flickr user Ed Yourdon
Somehow, for some strange reason no one could ever possibly explain, it seems like everyone on the downtown scene in Tucson either came here straight from, has discussed moving to, or is in the process now of moving to Portland.
Honk if you hear me on this. Or just sip your Americano in stoic silence.
2. Tucsonans Are A Bunch Of Hippie-Liberals
Source: Flickr user John
Pima County is statistically bluer than their neighbors to the north in Maricopa. Kind of like the Austin, TX of Arizona but still a little bit of a secret. Tucsonans even had their own “Keep Austin Weird” phrase floating around for a while, though perhaps a slightly less couth version.
3. Tucsonans Are Hard-Core Party People
Source: Hotel Congress via Facebook
Here, the weekend starts on Thursday and it’s always a good time for drinking Downtown or on 4th Ave.
The University of Arizona often finds itself on lists of top party schools and both Playboy and Esquire have called Hotel Congress one of the best bars in the country because of their lively nightclub atmosphere. So get down and drink up, folks!
4. Tucsonans Buy Everything Secondhand
Source: Buffalo Exhange via Facebook
Almost four decades before Macklemore was poppin’ tags, Buffalo Exchange was buying, selling, and trading gently used threads in a 450-square-foot storefront just north of the University of Arizona campus.
Also, our favorite bookstore is a chain of local second-hand hawkers and we get all of our Halloween costumes in hand-me-down form. So take your over-priced Gucci bag and shove it somewhere the sun don’t shine (which ain’t here, son)!
5. Tucsonans Get A Lil Rowdy About Their Basketball Team
Cars get flipped and when the Wildcats win (or lose) in the NCAA Tournament.
So, they’re a little bit enthusiastic. If you lived in a place where the temperatures could reach a sizzling 100-degrees for more than a month at a time you might be a little bit hot-blooded, too.
6. Tucsonans Lose All Patience For Humanity During Snowbird Season
Source: Flickr user Ken Bosma
Every winter, the streets of Tucson go bumper-to-bumper with cars going five under the speed limit. Their license plates announce the arrival of hundreds-of-thousands mostly-retired tourists and seasonal residents from states like Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin.
The Tucson economy is glad for this annual migration, though local commuters would often rather see them all fly back up north when running late for work.
7. Tucsonans Would Ride Their Bikes Everywhere Even If They Have The Option To Drive
Source: Flickr user ubrayj02
Thank goodness the City of Tucson takes so much care to cater to cyclists, because the people here really love their bikes.
You’ll see people riding on towering two-wheeled contraptions, custom machines made to look like skeletons and freaky unicycles unlike anything else. Even the trash cans and bike racks on 4th Ave. are made from recycled bike parts. No joke. It’s a pedaler’s paradise.
8. Nobody In Tucson Owns A “Winter Wardrobe”
Source: Flickr user bark
If you’re taking a Tucsonan to the snow, make sure you have some extra time to stop for a jacket on the way. “Who even owns socks that thick?” they’ll say as you try to explain why they shouldn’t pack flip flops for a Colorado ski trip.
But once purchased, that one puffy jacket just may spend the rest of eternity in a closet somewhere—at least, that is, until they finally take that trip up Mount Lemmon they’ve been putting off.
9. Everybody In Tucson Thinks They’re A Starving Artist
Source: Flickr user Omer Wazir
Every scenester in Tucson is an art critic, and every coffee shop is a gallery. But even the more successful local artists like Diana Madaras and Tom Philabaum had to start somewhere.
There seem to be almost as many art consignment shops as restaurants in some places, so even if none of the funky goods here in town make it into your personal collection, you’ll at least have no trouble finding something to talk about.
10. Tucsonans Will Find Any Excuse To Be Outdoors
Source: Flickr user Cryogenius
Between the open air patios, outdoor festivals like the All Souls Procession and Ciclovia, the Tanque Verde Swap Meet and weekly Farmers’ Markets all around town, the people of the Old Pueblo love their sunshine. At least, that is, between September and April, while it’s still survivable.