West University and WUNA

The West University Neighborhood is at the center of Education, Arts, Culture and Entertainment in downtown Tucson AZ. We are neighbors with the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Tucson High School and our fellow historic neighborhoods, Dunbar Spring, Feldman's, Iron Horse and Pie Allen.

The neighborhood is home to many workshops, studios and galleries of local artists and artisans. The University of Arizona brings several museums and art galleries to the neighborhood, including the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the John P. Schaefer Center for Creative Photography and the Arizona State Museum. The Arizona Historical Society's Arizona History Museum and the Postal History Foundation are within the West University Neighborhood. UApresents brings international performing arts to Centennial Hall just through the UA main gate.

The 4th Avenue and Main Gate Square shopping districts offer a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as night clubs that are venues for both local and touring musicians. Congress Street and the downtown business district are just through Iron Horse on 4th Avenue, well kind of.

The West University Neighborhood developed in the late 1800's and early 1900's. It was the first major Tucson suburb north of the Southern Pacific Railroad. As Tucson has grown the neighborhood has evolved from a suburb to a historic downtown neighborhood. In 1979, the West University Neighborhood Association (WUNA) was established. The 1981 West University Historic District Rehabilitation Plan describes the formation of the association (pages 1, 2). In 1980, most of the houses and buildings were entered in the National Register of Historic Places. Copies of the application, (pages 12,34) are at the West University Neighborhood Association office.

The West University Neighborhood Association is a non-profit corporation. Its members and board members are neighbors who volunteer their time to improve the neighborhood while protecting its historic resources. The efforts of the West University Neighborhood Association include:

  • Assisting neighbors with issues that effect their quality of life.
  • Coordinating positions on issues that will impact the neighborhood.
  • Holding monthly meetings
  • Publishing a bi-monthly newsletter
  • Organizing fundraisers throughout the year including the Historic Home Tour and Fourth Avenue Street fair booths.
  • Organizing and sponsoring social events. The spring Easter egg hunt in Catalina Park, the summer potluck on National Night Out, Caroling, and Softball Games. Check the calendar for upcoming events.
  • Organizing and participating in neighborhood cleanup days.
  • Maintaining a close a working relationship with the Ward VI Council office, The City of Tucson, The University of Arizona, The Tucson Unified School District, The Fourth Avenue merchants Association, The Marshall Foundation, our surrounding neighborhoods and many other community service organizations.
  • Organizing and holding public workshops on community building, neighborhood planning, and other projects that are of importance to the neighborhood.
  • Applying for neighborhood improvement grants.
  • Developing a community supported neighborhood plan.
  • Addressing crime, noise, parking and traffic problems.

Its members are a diverse group many of whom are active in other community activities such as, the Bicycle Advisory Committee, Downtown Links Citizens Advisory Committee, Modern Streetcar Citizens Advisory Committee, Downtown Neighborhood Alliance, Campus Community Relations Committee, Neighborhood Support Network, Tucson-Pima County Historic Commission, and the West University Historic Zone Advisory Board.