Downtown Haikus

A 2022 image of the original El Charro facade in downtown Tucson. Behind it is the newly constructed Flinn Building, which replaced La Placita Village, which was the City’s answer to leveling “La Calle” that left about 300 residences destroyed and 900 people, primarily of Mexican, Indigenous, Chinese, and African American descent, displaced in the 1960s.

Since my Haikus didn’t win, here were my downtown Tucson Haiku submissions:

1. Developers can’t

Fathom old building’s values

Unless there’s money.

2. Before your facelift,

Plaster over adobe,

I loved you, baby.

3. Demolished downtown

Inauthenticity chokes

Spoon-fed as progress