Alternative Tucson

When I first moved to Tucson, it seemed like one giant strip mall. But I’ve slowly been uncovering alternatives to the car-based big-box-store suburban-sprawl lifestyle. Here are a few of the things that make my soul hurt less:

Spoke6 co-working space: I never found a co-working space I liked in San Francisco, but Spoke6 is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Located in a cool refurbished industrial building at the intersection of 6th Street and 6th Avenue, it has a friendly atmosphere, fun architecture, and bike storage inside the office.

There and Back Bikes: Tucson’s first commuter-oriented bicycle shop. Super friendly, good prices, and beautiful bikes. I bought my Linus Dutchi 3 there. As a side note, Tucson has an impressive number of dedicated bike lines and protected bike routes. I never felt safe riding in San Francisco, but it’s positively relaxing to ride in Tucson.

The B Line: This little cafe reminds me of Epicenter cafe, which was just down the street from my last apartment in SF. The B line has big picture windows with bar height tables all along them and reasonable coffee. Unexpectedly, the fish tacos are first-rate.

And of course there’s Hotel Congress, Cafe Poca Cosa, and other well-known Tucson landmarks, but I wanted to give a shout-out to the newer and less well-known places springing up around Tucson.

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