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Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 12:00 am

Why do people live in Northwest Tucson?

Some of them say it's for the sights, like the Santa Catalina Mountains covered with snow beneath a rising full moon.

Others have much different reasons – safety, schools, proximity to the city of Tucson yet distance from it, weather, cleanliness.

As part of The Explorer's second "Best of the Northwest" poll – see pages 21-23 – the question of why people live in the Northwest was asked. Dozens, among the hundreds who participated in the poll, answered. Among their comments are:

"Best place in the world."

"Clean, good part of town, safe."

"Just liking to be on this side of town."

"Far enough away from the 'city' to be peaceful and safe for raising families, yet close enough to still do 'big city' things."

"Family and fitness oriented."

"Not as crowded."

"Less traffic."

"Weather, mountain views."

"Laidback, friendly feeling."


"Better lifestyle."

"Traffic, value, view, amenities."

"The beautiful landscape."

"Convenient to many services and shopping, but far enough away that they are not causing congestion and noise."

"New and growing."

"The amazing sunsets, better than anywhere in the U.S."

"Great place to raise a family."

"Quality of everything."

"Good neighbors, good schools, good communities, good roads, low crime, little traffic, good police protection; proximity to shopping, dining and recreation. Wouldn't live anywhere else!"

"Close to I-10."

"It's clean, fun, family friendly and fantastic."

"Small town atmosphere reminds me of the Midwest."

"Everything is here and the air is still fresh in the middle of the day in July."

"The mountain views are much better than the east side."

"Has everything you need with great outdoor living and playing."

"It's away from the city but a great community."

"Reasonable cost of living, easy access to nearby vacation spots."

"Best views of Mount Lemmon. I would not live anywhere else in Tucson."

"Gorgeous here, mountains, sunsets, desert life and it doesn't snow. Can't beat that."

"Love AZ, except the monsoon season."

The adoration is not unanimous, among the respondents.

"We moved from the Northwest," writes one.

"Not enough rec facilities / parks for kids," writes another. "Not kid-friendly enough."


Arts &  Entertainment

Art Gallery

#1 Madaras Gallery


Honorable Mention

• Jane Hamilton Fine Art



#1 Casino del Sol


Honorable Mention

• Desert Diamond Casino

• Wild Horse Pass


Live Theater

#1 Arizona Theater Co.


Honorable Mention

• Broadway in Tucson

• Gaslight Theater


Local TV Weatherperson

#1 Chuck George


Honorable Mention

• Erin Christiansen

• Jimmy Stewart


Movie Theater

#1 Century Oro Valley


Honorable Mention

• AMC Foothills

• Tower Theatres


Outdoor Attraction

#1 Desert Museum


Honorable Mention

• Tohono Chul Park

• Catalina State Park


Place to beat the heat

#1 Mount Lemmon


Honorable Mention

• Breakers


Place to hear live music

#1 Rialto Theater


Honorable Mention

• Reid Park

• St. Philip's Plaza


Public Event

#1 Fourth Avenue Street Fair


Honorable Mention

• OV Arts Festival

• Tucson Meet Yourself


Weekend Getaway

#1 Sedona


Honorable Mention

• White Mountains

• Westward Look


Food & Drink


Asian Food

#1 Pei Wei


Honorable Mention

• Dragon Village

• PF Chang's



#1 Village Bakehouse


Honorable Mention

• Down Home Delights

• Paradise Bakery



#1 Ignite at Ritz-Carlton


Honorable Mention

• Chuy's


Coffee House

#1 Starbucks


Honorable Mention

• Down Home Delights

• Kelly's Coffee & Fudge


Deli/Sandwich Shop

#1 Baggin's


Honorable Mention

• Down Home Delights

• Jason's Deli



#1 Frost


Honorable Mention

• Down Home Delights

• Wildflower


Dining Atmosphere

#1 Ritz-Carlton


Honorable Mention

• McClintock's

• Acacia

• Wildflower



#1 Zinburger/In N Out


Honorable Mention

• Grumpy's Grill


International Food

#1 Saffron Indian Bistro


Honorable Mention

• Sur Real

• Pappoule's


Italian Food

#1 Olive Garden


Honorable Mention

• Carrabba's

• Cibaria Cucina Italiana


Liquor Store

#1 Total Wine


Honorable Mention

• Vino 100

• BevMo

• Beverage House



#1 El Charro


Honorable Mention

• Blanco Tacos

• La Parilla Suiza



Mexican Food

#1 El Charro


Honorable Mention

• Macayo's

• La Parilla Suiza


Natural Food Store

#1 Sprouts


Honorable Mention

• Trader Joe's

• Whole Foods


Outdoor/PaTio Dining

#1 Tohono Chul Tea Room


Honorable Mention

• Wildflower

• Sauce

• North



#1 Magpie's/Mama's/Sauce


Honorable Mention

• Brooklyn's

• Marco's


Place to buy produce

#1 Sprouts


Honorable Mention

• Oro Valley Farmers Market

• Sunflower Farmers Market


Place to meet friends

for Breakfast/Brunch

#1 Down Home Delights


Honorable Mention

• Tohono Chul Tea Room

• Jerry Bob's


Place to meet friends for Lunch

#1 Down Home Delights


Honorable Mention

• Sauce

• Wildflower


Place to meet friends for Dinner

#1 Metropolitan Grill


Honorable Mention

• Harvest

• Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain


Romantic Dinner

#1 Anthony's in the Catalinas


Honorable Mention

• Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

• Hacienda del Sol

• Melting Pot



#1 Bluefin Seafood Bistro


Honorable Mention

• Red Lobster

• Mariscos Chihuahua


Sports Bar

#1 World Sports Grill


Honorable Mention

• Risky Business

• Fox & Hound



#1 Fleming's


Honorable Mention

• Outback

• Texas Roadhouse

• The Steak Out







#1 Ra


Honorable Mention

• Sushi Garden

• Tatsu Sushi


Upscale Dining Ambiance

#1 Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain/Anthony's in the Catalinas


Honorable Mention

• McClintock's

• Harvest


Value Restaurant

#1 Jerry Bob's


Honorable Mention

• Chili's

• Rubio's


Home & Garden


Garden Supplies/Nursery

#1 Home Depot


Honorable Mention

• Rillito Nursery

• Lowe's

• Mesquite Valley


Hardware Store

#1 Ace Hardware


Honorable Mention

• Home Depot

• Lowe's



#1 Cutler Landscaping


Honorable Mention

• Horticulture Unlimited

• Double E


Real Estate Company

#1 Long Realty


Honorable Mention

• Tierra Antigua Realty

• Coldwell Banker

• Realty Executives


Retirement Living

#1 Splendido


Honorable Mention

• Sun City Vistoso

• SaddleBrooke

• Mountain View Retirement Village


Retail & Services



#1 Wells Fargo


Honorable Mention

• Bank of America

• Chase



#1 Barnes & Noble


Honorable Mention

• Bookman's

• Borders


Camera Shop

#1 Greg's Camera


Car Wash

#1 Capin Car Care Center


Honorable Mention

• Octopus Car Wash

• Car Spa

• Mercado del Rio Car Wash



Cell Phone/Wireless Store

#1 Verizon


Honorable Mention

• AT&T

• Sprint



#1 Tompkins Family Chiropractic


Honorable Mention

• Lay Chiropractic

• Orange Grove Chiropractic


Clothing Store

#1 Sequels


Honorable Mention

• Kohl's

• Chico's


Credit Union

#1 Vantage West


Honorable Mention

• Pima Federal

• Tucson Federal


Day Spa/Massage

#1 Desert Day Spa


Honorable Mention

• Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

• Massage Envy



#1 Dr. Hiremath/Dr. Hohenstein


Honorable Mention

• Dr. Gerard Schmidtke

• Dental Loft


Electronics Store

#1 Best Buy


Honorable Mention

• Radio Shack


Eye Care/Optical

#1 Griswold Eye Care


Honorable Mention

• Casas Adobes Optical

• Fashion Eye



#1 Inglis Florists


Honorable Mention

• Casas Adobes Flower Shop

• Darlin's Flowers


Hair Salon

#1 Desert Day Spa


Honorable Mention

• Ivan's Studio

• Toni & Guy


Home Furnishings Store

#1 Razmataz


Honorable Mention

• Copenhagen

• Sam Levitz




#1 Hilton Tucson El Conquistador


Honorable Mention

• Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

• Westin La Paloma

• Westward Look


Jewelry Store

#1 Caldwell Jewelers/Sheffield's Diamonds


Honorable Mention

• Jared


Local Website

#1 http://www.explorernews.com">www.explorernews.com


Medical Facility

#1 Northwest Medical Center/

Oro Valley Hospital


Honorable Mention

• Oro Valley Pediatrics

• Vitality Medical &  Wellness Center


Pet Boarding/Grooming

#1 Teddy's Dog House


Honorable Mention

• Petsmart

• Orange Grove Animal Hospital

• Sissy's Pet Salon


Resale Store

#1 Sequels


Honorable Mention

• Golden Goose

• Butterfly Boutique




Shoe Store

#1 DSW


Honorable Mention

• Famous Footwear

• Alan's Shoes


Shopping Center

#1 Oro Valley Marketplace


Honorable Mention

• La Encantada

• Foothills Mall


Shuttle Service

#1 Arizona Shuttle


Honorable Mention

• Coyote Run


Veterinary Clinic

#1 Northwest Pet Clinic/

Orange Grove Animal Hospital


Honorable Mention

• Ina Road Animal Hospital

• Mesquite Animal Hospital


Sports & Recreation


Biking Trail

#1 Oro Valley Linear Bike Path


Honorable Mention

• 50 Year Trail/Rancho Vistoso


Fitness Center Gym

#1 Northwest YMCA


Honorable Mention

• My Gym


Golf Course

#1 Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain/Omni Tucson National


Honorable Mention

• The Gallery Golf Club


Hiking Trail

#1 Wild Burro


Honorable Mention

• Catalina State Park

• Romero Pools


Outdoor Gear Store

#1 Dick's Sporting Goods


Honorable Mention

• Summit Hut

• Sportsman's Warehouse



#1 Catalina State Park


Honorable Mention

• Riverfront Park

• James Kriegh Park


Running Trail

#1 Rillito River Park


Honorable Mention

• Rancho Vistoso




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