Retaining a Sense of Community and Place



“How is heritage preservation related to the transformations that are currently reshaping older neighborhoods in Tucson? Join us to discuss these changes and how some groups have organized to retain a sense of community and history in their neighborhoods. Two grassroots organizations “Tierra Y Libertad” and “Flowers & Bullets” are part of the program and will share more about their group and work in the community. For more information about these groups check them out on Facebook.” and

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Pima County Housing Center is at 801 W. Congress, west of the I-10.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).