Steve Betts is largely a Phoenix developer, but he is familiar with Tucson. While downtown Tucson hasn’t gotten much attention over the last few years, he said, he thinks it’s due.
“I happen to believe in that hockey analogy of, you skate to where the puck is going, not to where the puck is,” he said.
Betts was one of several speakers offering summaries and reactions to a report issued last fall by the Urban Land Institute, which laid out ideas for how to develop Tucson’s burgeoning business, residential and cultural district – especially the Tucson Convention Center and the lands to its west. Broadly, experts for the Washington D.C.-based urban planning think tank said Tucson needs to take an incremental, locally based approach to modest projects, and to have strong, transparent regional cooperation as it moves along with its downtown revitalization.