the real southwest

1 Mar

Saguaro cactus

Hey friends,

If you’ve been hanging out in Chicago lately you may have noticed that there are signs up in the L (or “el” – it’s for “elevated,” as in trains) advertising Tucson as “the REAL Southwest.”  Tucson’s basically throwing down the gauntlet, folks. Never one to let blatant statements go unchallenged, I decided to check out Tucson’s claim to fame for myself. **

Here’s a bit of what I saw:

Barn owl at the Desert Museum

The owl is obviously real. The woman…undecided. Check one for “real” and one for “not real.”

Local cafe decorations

Clearly “real.” All of my wall skeletons have wigs, too.

San Xavier Mission

Again, score for “real.” Cactus AND an old mission church founded in 1692? Make that two points for “real.”

Shops steps in the new barrio shopping center

I’m going to have to go with “not real” here for two reasons: one, the shop was not open so who knows what kind of un-Southwestern stuff they could have been hawking in there; and two, the designs don’t scream “Southwest” to me (they sure are pretty, though!). Two points awarded to “not real.”

Once, again, one point for “real.” This moonshiner/gold panner even has a donkey. A donkey! Is there anything more authentic?

It looks like the verdict is in: Tucson is, indeed, the real Southwest. My condolences to Phoenix, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and anyplace in Nevada or Utah. Looks like you’re going to have to try a little harder…

What do you think? Is Tucson the REAL Southwest?

** actually, Tim’s parents got me a ticket to visit them for my Christmas present, but I thought if any of the ad whizzes behind the subway el campaign were reading this, it might make them feel like they nabbed someone.


One Response to “the real southwest”

  1. Heather @ pauline french March 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Fantastic! The whole blog, just loving it! As far as this post, being a Santa Fean, I’m sure you know what I have to say! 🙂

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