Author Archive: Miguel Ortega

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Tucson Localism: The Best & Worst of 2013

Tucson Localism: The Best & Worst of 2013

January 2, 2014 |

The holidays are over. Maybe your face still hurts from smiling so much and your gifts sucked. Or maybe everything went perfectly for you. Weirdo. But, hey, it’s 2014, we survived, and we still live in this awesomeness we call Tucson. The only thing left to do now is to look back at the best […]

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Invite Sonoran Visitors to Shop Locally Already!

Invite Sonoran Visitors to Shop Locally Already!

December 15, 2013 |

Right now, my huge, extended family in Sonoroa, Mexico is gearing up to do some Christmas shopping in Tucson. Soon they will be hitting our shopping malls and buying a bunch of stuff. And soon you will join them, driving your car in those full lots as you notice all those Sonoran license plates and […]

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The Perfect Cafe

The Perfect Cafe

October 28, 2013 |

The plan was to find a place where we could quickly grab some lunch and coffee and then hit the beach. It would be the first ocean experience for our 3-year-old. The San Diego sky finally opened up so we had to act fast in case the clouds returned. But when you are on a […]

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Accessible Localism: It’s an Actual Thing

Accessible Localism: It’s an Actual Thing

September 14, 2013 |

Relax. It’s ok. So you ate at a chain recently. You shopped at a big box store. It’s alright. Really. Well, if it was at that one big box, I’ll need you to provide a proper and viable excuse. But, really, it’s ok. You see, as much as I absolutely, positively support all things locally […]

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Indie Wheel – May 2013

Indie Wheel – May 2013

May 11, 2013 |

Keeping the ‘Oh My’ Factor in Downtown Tucson Who should benefit from the progress being made Downtown and along 4th Avenue? There’s nothing wrong with making a buck, but should it only be made by those that just want to profit from a new Tucson? Or should beneficiaries include the artists, the small business owners, and the Tucsonans who […]

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Indie Wheel – April

Indie Wheel – April

April 10, 2013 |

Conventional wisdom in Tucson typically says that unless you have the political support to do something, you will fail miserably.This same source of wisdom often perpetuates the myth that local businesses and neighborhoods have nothing in common and are destined to be at odds with each other. We have seen examples of both proving to […]

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Indie Wheel – March 2013

Indie Wheel – March 2013

March 9, 2013 |

It happened 20 years ago on a beautiful spring Sunday morning in Tucson. I was riding my bike on 4th Avenue on my way to buy a loaf of bread or something to make breakfast at home. I had done that a hundred times as a young guy living near 4th Ave. No big deal. […]

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