Life below the poverty line

Bianca Aponte has been living below the poverty line in Tucson since she was born. The cities of Tucson and South Tucson are the poorest in the state. Nearly half of the residents of South Tucson are considered poor, according to the U.S. Census. Not all the faces of poverty are the same, though. Poverty…

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Serving community with a union print shop

By Phoebe Stevens El Independiente Dwight Metzger was pretty surprised when his business tripled in size after he relocated it to South Tucson six years ago. The building he constructed on the once empty property at 238 E. 26th St. now houses two six-color rotating presses, two automatic presses, a vacuum table and several high-volume…

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Bike shop peddles into South Tucson

By Phoebe Stevens El Independiente Although Noe Mencias, 25, always dreamed of owning a bike shop, he never thought that he would open the only bike shop in South Tucson. South Tucson’s closest bike shops are 5 Points Bikes to the north and Ajo Bikes to the south. Mencias’ Sixth Avenue shop, Cicli Noe, 1622…

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