It’s 1960, and you’re cruising through the Sonoran
Desert down Arizona Route 77. ;e windows are rolled
down on your red ‘ 57 Chevy, the breeze ;ows through
your hair, and cacti jut up from the dusty Earth on either
side of you. Neon signs of motels and diners ;ash orange,
red, and green against a blue sky backdrop, and the
jagged silhouette of the Santa Catalina Mountains rises in
the distance from the horizon. Welcome to Tucson.
Back then, you could pull over o; the highway and grab
a steak for less than two bucks—with friendly conversation and gorgeous landscape, of course, for no charge.
Now, fast forward 60 years. While it’s doubtful you’ll still
be able to snag a full fancy meal with the change from your
pocket, the city’s endearing quirk comes from remnants of its
past that never le;: that iconic desert landscape, a rich (and
delicious) Latin in;uence, and mid-20th century retro charm.
WE ALL WANT TO GET BACK By Emily Hackeling
AGoogle search of the phrase “;e Beatles ‘Get Back’ song meaning” yields a laundry list of results, ranging from social commentary on racism toward immigrants, to deep debates on Jo-jo’s true identity. ;ere’s little mention of Tucson—mentioned in the ;rst stanza—which is home to the McCartney family ranch today. If the results were up to me, however, or anyone
who’s experienced the rich culture and history of the southern Arizona city, the top result would be all
about “getting back” to Tucson. Here’s why.