A little about Downtown
We are where life lives. Revitalized and remarkable, we serve as home to the Arizona Opera, Tuscon Symphony, and the eclectic music venues like th Fox Theater and the Rialto. Walk there, dine there, shop there or just have fun there, Downtown is the place to be.
The history of Downtown
The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1880, transforming Tucson from a sleepy little burg to more of a metropolis. The city grew further in 1885 when it secured the University of Arizona, the first university in the territory. The biggest growth spurt, however, came from World War II and the invention of air conditioning. In just a decade, Tucson’s population grew five-fold. The newcomers spread out and attention shifted away from the once-vibrant Downtown. Attention has returned as original architecture has been saved and brought back to former glory.
Businesses in Downtown
Here is a collection of Downtown businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.