Big Dumpster for Alley Cleanup This Weekend

WUNA has arranged with the City of Tucson for a huge roll-off dumpster to be made available for a neighborhood alley clean-up this weekend.

Lots of students are leaving, but they don’t realize the garbage stays. Brush and Bulky isn’t until the end of August.

The city will be delivering the roll-off dumpster to West University on 5th Street, right behind Roskruge (see map) on Friday, May 28. The dumpster will remain there until early morning Tuesday, June 1.

The dumpster is available to any and all folks in surrounding neighborhoods over the entire holiday weekend.

WUNA’s alley clean-up starts 7:30am Sunday. If you’ve got a truck and/or are willing to help haul, please show up!

Spread the word!

Planting Day at Catalina Park

You might have noticed some digging in Catalina Park — our water harvesting grant is happening! Under the direction of Tucson Clean and Beautiful, we are bringing the north and south sides of the park to life.

Help us bring those barren curbs to life and be part of the fun!

SUN, OCT 25, 9-11am
941 N. 4th
Wear a mask, closed-toed shoes, and bring your own water bottle. We’ll have some snacks.

See you Sunday!

Carolyn Niethammer Signing A DESERT FEAST at Mission Garden

9am to 1pm
Mission Garden
Grande and Mission Lane

(inside an adobe wall)
Please wear a mask.
Questions? Email Carolyn.

I’d like to invite all West University residents to a signing for my new book A Desert Feast on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mission Garden. The book covers thousands of years of Tucson food history from the invention of agriculture to how school gardens today are teaching children to grow food. It tells the story of why Tucson was named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. There will be farmers and artisan food makers scattered throughout the garden to tell their story. Archaeologist Alan Denoyer will show off a frame for a pithouse, the typical dwelling around here for thousands of years. Bring the family; kids will love it!

Mission Garden encompasses four acres and is inside an adobe wall. If everyone stays masked and properly distanced, we can have a fun and safe day celebrating Tucson’s history.

Carolyn Niethammer
Long-time West University resident

WUNA Plant Exchange 2020

Catalina Park
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Please wear a mask and be prepared to happily social distance.

This is a great opportunity to share cuttings of your favorite plants, indoor and out, including succulents, cacti or anything else you’re tired of looking at. If you don’t have plants to contribute, come anyway, there is always more than enough. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Come enjoy some lovely Tucson spring weather and meet some new neighbors!

TEP Pole Route News

Sep 12, 2020. Four neighborhoods, with WU Board members at the helm, have worked hard to come to a consensus on how we should advocate for the best TEP Pole route for the Kino to DMP 138kV Transmission Line Project. We zoomed and talked on the phone and emailed until we managed to concisely outline our points to Mayor and Council in this letter.

TEP has extended the public commenting period – neighbors now have until September 20, 2020 to submit their responses.

Please use the facts and statements given in our letter or add your own to submit a comment!

The more responses TEP receives about how Campbell, not Euclid, is the better route, the better chance we have for TEP to bring this choice to the Arizona Corporation Commission in November.

Submit your comments by September 20, 2020 using one of these methods:

  • Mail a letter with comments to:
    Kino to DMP 138kV Transmission Line Project
    P.O. Box 711
    ATTN: Kino-DMP
    Mail Stop RC131
    Tucson, AZ 85701-0711
  • Sending comments to
  • Filling out an online comment form on the project website
  • Calling 1-833-523-0887 and leaving a voicemail message

Get updates and more at the TEP website.

TEP recomienda a los residentes y propietarios a compartir sus opiniones sobre posibles rutas para lineas de transmisión. Por favor comparta sus ideas utilizando la información de contacto que se menciona arriba. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comunique se con nosotros al o 1-833-655-0399.

Gift Cards to Save 4th Avenue Business: Round 2!

Round 2 of the Fourth Avenue Gift Card Program goes live on May 4 at 6am!

Historic Fourth Avenue is the heartbeat of Tucson. Its character is defined by the many unique, locally owned businesses within the district. Preserving and supporting those businesses is fundamental to preserving the character of Fourth Avenue itself. The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association (FAMA) and an Anonymous Angel will add $10 to each card which goes directly to the merchant. Together we will be making a $35,000 investment in the future of our community’s small, locally owned businesses.

For $25 you receive a $35 gift card for use at the following participating Fourth Avenue Businesses:

Bison Witches Bar & GrillBOCA Tacos y TequilaBook StopBoss ShearsBrooklyn PizzaCafe PasseCaruso’s RestaurantCelestial RitesChe’s LoungeChocolate IguanaCrooked Tooth Brewing CompanyThe Drunken ChickenEastland Alley Design Co.Flower Shop on 4th AvenueHippie GypsyHow Sweet It Was VintageHurricane RecordsLindy’s on 4thMagpies Gourmet PizzaMartin’s Comida ChingonaMedusas on 4thMr. Head’s Art Gallery and BarPop Cycle ShopPublic BrewhouseRazorz EdgeRustic CandleShopUp TucsonSilver Sea JewelrySurly Wench PubTallBoysTap & BottleTiny Town SurplusTrue Love HoneyTucson Improv MovementTucson Thrift ShopTumerico on 4th AveZUZI! Dance

Gift cards can be purchased beginning on Monday, May 4th at 6am.


Thank you for supporting the Merchants on Fourth Avenue! Gifts cards will be mailed out by USPS approximately 7-10 days from the end of the program.

For more information: contact Fred Ronstadt at (520) 624-5006.

Come Help Paint the Street!

Join us at the intersection of 6th Ave and University Blvd in Tucson this Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10am for a painting extravaganza!

We will transform this into a safer and more inviting intersection for our neighbors and everyone else who walks, rolls, or drives by that area. The crosswalks will have been refreshed by Saturday and we will be putting color on all 4 corners where bollards will be installed.

Above photo shows a painted intersection in St. Petersburg, Florida.

WUNA will have paint, brushes and rollers.

Come out to enjoy the spring weather, mingle with your neighbors, and have fun painting the street!

HealthOn University OPENS

El Rio Health & Tucson Medical Center invite you to the GRAND OPENING of HealthOn University!

434 E University Blvd
Suite #100

Brief ceremony and ribbon cutting followed by tours.

Parking is limited, please consider the streetcar, Uber or alternative parking off-site.


Anza Park Community Meeting

MON, DEC 9, 2019
Pima Community College Downtown Campus

1255 North Stone Ave.
CC Building Room 180 (Amethyst Room)
»more info at Tucson Delivers

The public is invited to participate in the future vision of Anza Park (located at 1000 N Stone Ave). City staff will update interested neighbors and stakeholders on the feedback from the public survey and previous community meeting held August 29, 2019. A draft concept will be presented reflecting the communities highest priorities for park development.

Made in Tucson Market

DEC 1, 2019, 10am to 5pm
311 E 7th St
Tucson, AZ

»more info at Made in Tucson Market website

The mission of the Made in Tucson Market is to support the Tucson artist community by creating a space for folks to meet local artists, learn about their processes, and have an opportunity to purchase their work. All artists included in the Market must be Tucson residents and make their goods locally. The Market will be inclusive, showcasing a variety of people who make their goods here in the Old Pueblo.

Conversation and Feedback Gathering about Anza Park

The public is invited to a community conversation as we envision the future of Anza Park located at Stone and Speedway. Anza is a historic park that sits at the corner of Wards 1, 3, 6 and offers an eastbound gateway into our downtown.

THU, AUG 29 from 6-7:30pm
Pima Community College
Downtown Campus
1255 North Stone
Amethyst Room / CC Building

Contact your Ward office for more information.

For those who cannot make it to the meeting, please take this online survey between AUG 21 and SEP 21.

Hosted by Wards 1, 3 and 6, Tucson Parks and Recreation, Tucson Police Department, Housing & Community Development, and Tucson Department of Transportation
Anza Park Community Meeting Sponsors - Aug 22, 2019

Upcoming WUNA Events

SEP 18, begins at dusk: ALLEY WALK
NOV 2, beginning at 6pm: PORCH PARTY

1st Ever Community Paint Jam


AUGUST 18, 2019

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock at our first ever community paint jam! Artists come together to brighten and beautify historic 4th Avenue.

Corner of 4th and 6th (where the Union is being built)
Watch and celebrate as artists create murals on the construction fence.

311 7th Street
THUMBS UP TUCSON! A community mural made entirely of thumbprints (yours!)

All welcome! Free mural space for kids!
Presented by the Fourth Avenue Coalition

2nd Annual WUNA Plant & Sweet Exchange

Catalina Park
Saturday, March 30, 2019

This is a great opportunity to share cuttings of your favorite plants, indoor and out, including succulents, cacti or anything else you’re tired of looking at. If plants aren’t your thing, bring a sweet to share. There is no limit or minimum amount of plants or sweets to participate. Come enjoy some lovely Tucson spring weather and meet some new neighbors all while beautifying your surroundings!

So Many New Trees For WU! What a ‘Tree-Mendous’ Success!

On Saturday, February 16, 2019 we exceeded our goal of 80 trees and planted 101 new trees with the help of Trees for Tucson. Most of the trees went in the right-of-way in front of our homes, but many neighbors also chose to buy trees for their yards. We started the morning by planting five new Pistache trees along the western edge of Catalina Park, pictured above.
WUNA tree planting Feb 2019
Neighbors gather to help plant new trees

Annual WUNA Meeting and Neighborhood Gathering 2019

JANUARY 20, 2019, 1pm
Catalina Park
Pizza and drinks provided.
Please bring desserts and sides.

A slate for all board members’ positions is being prepared. Please email if you would like more info about being on the board and/or would like to run for an “area rep” or “member-at-large” position.

While the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer have agreed to serve another year, there are at least 4 board positions that will be open for 2019.

City Airs “Quality of Life” Plan for De Anza Park

About 60 people, a full house with many of them from West University homes and businesses and City offices, crowded into Trinity Church on August 9, 2018, to hear about a new police plan to combat homelessness and crime at our neighborhood’s two parks. Top police officers, from Chief Chris Magnus to Lt. Jen Turner and four others, spoke passionately about the huge difficulties in policing homeless people living in De Anza…
»Read full story

Hey Neighbor Happy Hour

WED, DEC 5, 2018
Exo Bar
403 N 6th Ave, Tucson
Arts Edition: The Murals of Downtown Tucson

Once blank walls and alleyways, now vibrant murals. Join us for our first Arts edition and hear Michael Schwartz of the Tucson Arts Brigade and Camila Martins-Bekat of Tucson Electric Power tell the inside story of how a collaborative art project turned under appreciated spaces into larger than life reflections of our community’s richness and diversity.

Hey Neighbor Happy Hour is a new, regular mixer at Exo Bar (companion to Exo Roast Co, the coffee shop). It’s an event series featuring hopeful stories of community building and placemaking from downtown Tucson’s neighborhoods.

Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition Has First Annual General Meeting

Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition 1st Annual General Meeting - Nov 27, 2018

Surly Wench
424 N 4th Ave

HFAC, the Historic 4th Ave Coalition, meets for its first Annual General Meeting to gather feedback and ideas. Discussion includes the Community Benefits Agreement with the Union on 6th Project and goals for encouraging smart growth in the Infill Incentive District. This is your chance to meet with folks who are concerned about combatting rampant development and gentrification.

Membership in HFAC is open to the general public. Please contact HFAC if you are interested in joining or you can join up at the meeting.

Hey Neighbor Happy Hour III

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 5:30-7pm
Presentation and discussion get rolling @ 6pm
Exo Bar
403 N 6th Ave, Tucson

»See flyer

What makes your Downtown neighborhood so great? What are the community’s strengths? Share what you love before we imagine ways Downtown neighborhoods could be even better. Explore these two threads through expressive arts activities. The synergy of thinking together leads to new possibilities. No writing or art experience necessary and sharing is optional. This activity will be hosted by Marge Pellegrino, community educator, Pima County Public Library and our neighborhood host is Dunbar Spring!

Meet your neighbors. Be informed.
B E  H A P P Y

Green Infrastructure: Enhancing the Character of Place in Your Community

Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 5:30-7pm
Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company

865 E University Blvd

Come see and learn how the rain can be a great resource for our community by enhancing its beauty, its sense of place and to create a more welcoming space. Your home, street and business can be a productive unit of water instead of a consumer unit of water. Rain water is a great resource to bring additional value to your community. See what is going on with rain water harvesting in Tucson and learn what can be done for your neighborhood to put rain water to beneficial use!

This talk is presented by Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar PhD, a Cultural Ecologist with the Watershed Management Group. Joaquin specializes in building resilience in diverse communities working with people, culture and natural resources. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona with MSc in Natural Resources and Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Renewable Natural Resources Studies with an emphasis on management, policy and economics of natural resources.

Gentle Ben’s is generously providing appetizers, so please RSVP by August 6th so we’ll have an accurate headcount!

Sponsored by West University Neighborhood Association and Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company!

Gentle Ben's Brewing Company, Tucson, AZ

Hey Neighbor Happy Hour

Thu, Jun 7, 2018, 5:30-7pm
Presentation and discussion get rolling at 6pm
Exo Bar
403 N 6th Ave

Everything’s not all bad, right? Hey Neighbor Happy Hour is a spot for downtown Tucson people to gather and hear positive and hopeful stories of community building and place-making from the coolest folks we can find.

Hey Neighbor continues at Exo on Thursday, June 7th from 5:30 to 7pm with an education edition. City High School co-founders Eve Rifkin and Brett Goble will reflect on the institution’s founding, the upside of a downtown location and what quality education means for Tucson neighborhoods.

Meet your neighbors. Be informed.

Sponsored by the West University Neighborhood Association

WUNA Neighborhood Walk

Join fellow West University residents for a sunset stroll through the streets and alleys of our neighborhood. We’ll enjoy the historic architecture and interesting alleys that make up our space. Trash bags will also be available for a little beautification! All are welcome!

Thu, May 17, 2018, 7pm
Catalina Park on 4th Avenue

More info: email us

Photos by Lenor Glover

Happy Neighbor Happy Hour

Thursday, April 19, 5:30-7pm
Exo Bar
403 N 6th Ave, Tucson
Speaker presentation and discussion get rolling @ 6 pm

»see flyer

Everything’s not all bad, right? Introducing “Happy Neighbor Happy Hour,” a spot for downtown Tucson neighbors to gather and hear positive and hopeful stories of community building and place making from the coolest folks we can find.

“Hey Neighbor Happy Hour” kicks off Thursday, April 19th from 5:30 to 7pm in the Exo Bar for a historic preservation edition. Corky Poster of the design firm Poster Frost Mirto will talk about recent historic preservation success stories in Tucson’s core and what’s around the corner to get excited about. Sponsored by the West University Neighborhood Association.

Meet your neighbors. Be informed. Be happy.

Each “Hey Neighbor Happy Hour” dives into a downtown Tucson neighborhood livability, culture and community theme. The events pair two downtown people making things go for a casual, open discussion on how good things happen in the places we experience everyday.

Future themes are in the works…. amazing goings on in downtown education and the stories behind the creation of our beloved neighborhood institutions.

Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair

Friday, March 2 through Sunday March 4, 2018

As West University is one of the neighborhoods surrounding 4th Ave, we once again have a beer booth at the 4th Ave Street Fair. We traditionally donate all of our tip money to the Food Bank, but the portion of revenue WUNA receives from booth sales is an important contributor to our efforts to preserve the historic heritage of our neighborhood. Ours is the largest historic neighborhood in all of Arizona.

1st Annual WUNA Plant & Sweet Exchange

Catalina Park
Sunday, 3/25/18

This is a great opportunity to share cuttings of your favorite plants, indoor and out, including succulents, cacti or anything else you’re tired of looking at. If plants aren’t your thing, bring a sweet to share. There is no limit or minimum amount of plants or sweets to participate. Come enjoy some lovely Tucson spring weather and meet some new neighbors all while beautifying your surroundings!

Feb 7: Neighborhood Meeting on New Project

Area residents, Learn the details of a newly proposed student housing project to be built on the southwest corner of 4th Ave. and 6th St. by the student housing developer EDR from Memphis Tennessee.

February 7, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
400 East University Boulevard
SE corner of E. University Boulevard and N. 4t h Avenue

The Project will use the Infill Incentive District Optional Overlay (“IID”) standards to redevelop the current infill property, and the Project will include approximately 253 residential units, along with ground-floor commercial/office uses and associated parking. You are invited to attend the meeting, provide feedback, and ask any questions you may have.


Jan 21: Annual WUNA Meeting and Neighborhood Gathering

The Annual WUNA meeting and neighborhood gathering potluck is January 21, 2018, 1pm, at Catalina Park. You do not need to be a property owner – everyone is welcome!

This will be a potluck with the association providing the plates, cups, and beverages.

Our annual meetings provide the opportunity for new and old residents to meet and together to decide important matters for the organization to concentrate on next year. We will elect officers and area representatives. All the officer positions are open, and it is important to have new energy and new ideas, so please volunteer to take a part in helping to maintain the special character of our historic neighborhood.

We ask dues of $10 a household to help maintain the website, post office box, and other incidental expenses.