La Doce Mural Pachanga. Photographer, Cait NiSimon
Tucson’s South 12th Ave (La Doce) is celebrated locally as a natural “Cultural and Culinary Corridor,” complete with Sonoran cuisine, colorful signage, family businesses, and expressions of heritage. SFA is working to help the community gain more recognition for these contributions in an innovative collaboration between community members, non-profit organizations, grassroots organizations, schools, businesses and civic leaders. Several local organizations and the City of Tucson Office of Sustainability have leveraged national support to engage community members in research and planning.
This project directly engages community members in research to identify strategies to strengthen La Doce’s local food economy. A comprehensive food system assessment, including the informal food economy, is helping to determine barriers, needs, and opportunities. The project aims not only to identify investment opportunities and strategies for addressing food and economic insecurity, but also to enhance cultural awareness and improve social equity. A related goal is to connect La Doce to the recent UNESCO designation of Tucson as a City of Gastronomy.
This project is supported by Funder’s Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in partnership with the Community Food Bank and the City of Tucson.