What does a gentrifying city look like? Talk to the man who delivers the mail

By Maya L. Kapoor | High County News

When mail carrier Dan Turrentine spies a geriatric, golden-furred dog on the sidewalk across a narrow street in Tucson’s historic Barrio Viejo neighborhood where he delivers mail, he pulls over immediately. “I have to say ‘Hi’ to Coco,” he says, turning off the engine of his grey truck and stepping into the street. Coco’s owners stop trimming their bushes and hand Turrentine a postal worker identification card. How, they want to know, did the substitute who recently covered his route manage to lose his ID in their hedge? The implied question seems to be, how could anyone replace Turrentine?


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