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Our Neighborhood
Grant Road Coalition Meeting
 Tuesday - Feb 27, 6pm Ward III

Jefferson Park Neighborhood Assn 
Wednesday - February 28, 6pm, Ward III

Refreshing-- A really clean story!
1747 N Highland - BEFORE
10:30 am Saturday 
TPD alerted Jefferson Park that the property at 1747 Highland was condemned and had become a haven and hangout for some unsavory characters.

TPD supplied bags and a crew to pick up the trash bags we deposited at the curb.

Neighborhood volunteers began arriving at 7am. Then at 9 am came the reinforcements!

It was like the posse had arrived!  Thank you Jon Heine, Area 2 JPNA representative, and your wonderful group of UA students!
Some of volunteers at 11am.
Jon Heine (center) UA student and Colleen
In addition to the UA International Club, we thank Joseph, Joe, Rosemary, Burl, Erin, Joanne, Joan, Colleen, Brenda, Trish, Woody and TPD Officer Preston Hould.

Twenty volunteers showed up Saturday,. Feb 11 to improve the safety of Jefferson Park.  Many thanks.  I definitely got my 10,000 steps in that Saturday!
(J. Daniels)
Brush and Bulky in JP - week of February 26
Street Names - Then and Now
Photo notation: "Oldfield - Thompson Race  Tucson  March 19, 1915"
From Wilson, to Feldman, to Jefferson, to Speedway
Barney Oldfield with cigar
Tucson Flyer... Barney Oldfield came here in the 30s to race his car down Speedway Blvd.... in a promotional stunt. Oldfield was also famous for always having a cigar stuck between his lips. Oldfield was here in Tucson for an event called the Cactus Derby."   ("The time made was remarkable. Oldfield maintaining an average of 29.1 miles/hr for the 671 mile." Star Article).

Jim Turner, AZ Historical Society, reports that Barney Oldfield and Harold Steinfeld regularly raced on the road outside of town that became dubbed "Speedway".  The race photo above was brought to La Pilita Museum in Barrio Viejo by someone whose father had rescued them from a garbage truck in 1944.  

SPEEEDWAY-AZ Daily Star "Street Smarts"   In ... 1896, real estate promoter Lulu May Nelson named this dirt road Wilson Street when she recorded with Pima County a new subdivision called University Extension Addition.

Wilson Street, which ran from the present-day Mountain Avenue to Park Avenue, is believed to have been named in honor of Tucson City Councilman Thomas Wilson. 
After the turn of the century, Wilson Street was changed to Feldman Street, in honor of Alther Marcus Feldman, an immigrant from Eastern Europe who had arrived in Tucson in 1878. He was involved in the photography business as well as land development. He would meet an untimely death in a streetcar accident in 1906.

In February 1903, developer Andrew Olsen recorded his subdivision, Olsen's Addition, and listed his part of Feldman Street, from present-day Campbell Avenue to Tucson Boulevard, as Jefferson Street. He also named Olsen Avenue.

According to Vic S. Griffith, a former Tucson City Councilman (1904-1906), who arrived in Tucson in 1898 and was interviewed by Star reporter Thomas Ellinwood in 1948: "A great deal of business in early Tucson was done in bars, and it was in Alex Rossi's Columbia Saloon ...that Speedway was given its name. A group of men were standing around arguing about it, when George Kitt came in. He had been to New York City and immediately suggested "The Speedway" as a title. It stuck ..."   It's likely that Kitt offered up the name of a New York City racetrack because horse racing already existed on this dirt road and to make Tucson sound more like a big city.

In October 1904, Nate Plumer and Fred J. Steward of the real estate firm Plumer & Steward recorded their subdivision, the Plumer & Steward Addition, calling Feldman-Jefferson Street The Speedway. Plumer would later race cars down this dirt road.
(J. Daniels, comments to
Condition of streets in the Jefferson Park
Which neighborhood will get the improvements?
Jefferson Park Street Conditions
The City assessed and scored every street in the City of Tucson and assigned it an Overall Condition Index (OCI) between 0-100, with 0 being failed and 100 excellent. These scores are taken into consideration when determining which City streets should be repaved next.
OCI Scores
0-39.99 Failed to Very Poor  (RED Every red street I clicked on was a 30)
40-59.99 Poor (YELLOW)
60-69.99 Fair
70-79.99 Good  (GREEN)
80-100 Excellent  (BLUE)

If you would like to see the interactive map yourself and click on various streets and see their scores and also compare Garden District's streets with others in the City, go to
Directions for finding the OCI Map: 
Open the Layer List → Click on the (+) sign and Check (√) the Pavement layer → Click on the (+) sign and check (√) Pavement Segments → Check (√) Pavement Conditions Local Roads (2nd down Pavement Condition option)


The more people who voice their concerns to the City, the louder and stronger our voice is.  If you would like to request the City include Jefferson Park streets in the next round of resurfacing:

1.  You can make the pitch directly to the Bond Oversight Committee during the call to the audience. Their next meeting is Feb 12th @ 5:30 pm in the Parks and Recreation building Mesquite Room (900 S Randolph Way). 
2. Send a detailed email describing the need and attaching the above map to the Public Information Officer for TDOT Michael Graham.   

Ward VI Councilperson Steve Kozachik made the following suggestion for if you contacted the City about the need for our streets to be resurfaced:  " Just a suggestion for when neighbors advocate on behalf of the Jefferson Park streets, demonstrate close engagement with city resources and include in your emails to Michael Graham a summary of the self-help work  the neighborhood has already taken part in:  The committee will hear from lots of places that the roads need to be repaired. I'm just thinking that if it were I reading the incoming messages, other things being nearly equal, I might be inclined towards a group who's building on a relationship than one that's just pointing out a negative." 

Editor note:  Park Avenue is Green???? Clearly the city never rode a bike on Park Avenue.
Little Free Library 
A 2017 neighborhood project. Take a walk to the Lester and Vine northeast corner, look for the purple wall, and pick up a book and/or leave a book.  If you have a corner and want a little free library let your association know and Jefferson Park can have more than one location!
Need a carpenter, plumber, etc?
Our neighbor posts a list of service providers to the Jefferson Park web-site. These are people specifically recommended by people in our neighborhood.  The list can be found here  West University Neighborhood's list are recommendations for craftsman who are particularly adept with older homes.  That list appears at the end of the Jefferson Park recommendations.  If you have a craftsperson who you can recommend to others e-mail Michael at
Greening and Cleaning
Want to green and shade your yard?
TEP customers can purchase up to two trees a year for only $5 each. There are many varieties to chose from.

Joan Hall: 990--8054 or e-mail for more information about how the Jefferson Park Green Committee can help you plant your trees.
Nearby Activities
Give input to the U of A Master Plan
     The UA has started the process of reviewing and revising its Master Plan, of particular importance to those neighborhoods abutting the UA, is the subject to water run-off from the UA, housing of students, and further encroachment into neighborhoods by UA sponsored buildings. i.e. Honors Dorm
     You can comment online, and you can get involved in the focus groups, at this website:
Banner Update
Construction schedule for Banner is of interest to Jefferson Park.  Changes in the traffic pattern  at Elm and construction schedules are in this power point posted to our website;   Click here  to view the power point. 
(Thank you Banner) 
Free Tax Preparation
Ward III Office every Saturday beginning February 3 and ending April 14.
Pima County is again teaming with United Way to offer free tax-preparation assistance to anyone with a family income under $66,000.
Important Contact Info
JPNA Board Members 
Jefferson Park is divided into 6 sections.  One person from each area is a voting member of the JPNA Board. These folks are the voice for their area.  Keep them informed!

Welcome packets also available from Suzanne at 740-0757 or


Area #1 - Mary Worthen 

Area #2 - Jon Heine

Area #3 - Laurel-Heather Milden

Area #5 - Joanne Osuna

Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
Your JPNA Board:  
President, Michael Crawford
Vice President, Colleen Nichols      520- 792-2820
Ex Vice President, Joan Daniels     520-300-1980
Secretary, Rosemary Bolza                520-205-2708
Treasurer, Erin Posthumus     520-314-7883
Minnette Burges
Trish Gehlen
Joan Hall      990-8054
Suzanne Trappman    520-740-0757
Bob Schlanger

Ward III - Welcome Paul Durham 

Report Transportation Concerns
Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk?
You can report these issues to the  Tucson Department ofTransportation  (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to
What is a code violation?
And whom do I call?
Download an information sheet approved by the City Code Enforcement Division
Tucson Neighborhood Support Network
A site listing all the neighborhoods in Tucson, and important things affecting them.
Neighborhood Support Network
Banner Construction 
and Info Line
Construction Updates on the University Campus  Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus  website  for the hospital expansion project. 
Emergency 24/7 phone number for the Banner project construction team: (520) 268-9575
UA Neighborhood Hotline 
Student Related issues can be reported to this number. 
Should not be used for 911 calls which should be directed to the TPD
24/7 available

Stay in Touch
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Get on the List Serve!
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or send a request for an invitation to
Come to the JPNA Monthly Meeting

Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 6pm Ward III Office, 1510 E Grant Rd
Renew your $15 voluntary JPNA membership dues
Renew by mail (print and mail membership form) OR

CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,