Arizona Attracts Bay Area Start-Ups

Start-up companies from the bay area are catching on: Arizona is more affordable than California. According to this article, companies from San Francisco and other cities in California are starting to open offices in Phoenix, Arizona. By doing this, they can drastically lower their monthly overhead costs and grow the company even faster. “Wages, taxes and energy cost about 25 percent less in Phoenix than they do in San Francisco, according to an index of business costs compiled by Moody’s Analytics.”

This is great news for Arizona, and it is time for Tucson to shine too! With the recent growth and revitalization downtown, Tucson seems poised to take advantage of the Bay Area’s expansion plans. Do you think Tucson is ready?

Barrio Bread Ready To Expand

Don Guerra, owner of Barrio Bread and friend of Tango, plans to open his first retail location in Broadway Village by November 1. Until now, Don has been selling out at various pickup sites and through his website. He’s been operating out of his home kitchen, which maxed out his inventory. Now, he hopes to bake many more loaves each day and draw customers into his store where they can actually watch the baking process. Congratulations Don and good luck with your expanded business! Click here to see a featured article on Don and Barrio Bread.

Minimum Parking Requirements: Good or Bad?

“Minimum parking requirements make it difficult to design and build places for people, rather than cars,” at least according to this article. The author argues that parking rules result in more pavement and space between buildings and less useable space for development or redevelopment. As a solution, he supports no parking requirements in order to make cities more people friendly- meaning more walkability and proximity to similar types of businesses. The lack of requirements would also lower development costs and rents for these commercial buildings.

Cities in South Carolina, Arkansas, and Oregon have adopted this thinking and are seeing positive results. Other cities have reduced parking requirements or allowed developers to determine parking needs on their own. So how would this concept work in Tucson? While it seems natural in the downtown area, could it be expanded to the rest of the city? Let us know your thoughts below!