Heading south on the 4th avenue strip, the underpass leads to the Tucson downtown area. With the copper fixtures, mini water display and concrete rails, people can drive and walk right underneath and get to the downtown life pretty quickly.
The really cool thing about the underpass is the small tile’s displayed on the walls. Each tile piece contains pictures of people, pets, loved ones, artwork, and anything else you choose to display. It’s actually pretty cool, because if you stop and look at these tiles, you will probably recognize people you know or if you’re on the wall, you can show off your tile to your friends!
So how did this idea come about? Well, it all started by two guys named Gary Patch and Darren Clark in 2008. They first walked around at different Tucson events and the University of Arizona and took 4” by 4” shots of people. Their goal was to get at least 7,000 people! (Which they did). People who participated even got just shots of their tattoos or their kids!
The underpass was then officially opened in 2009 and the trolley was brought back, which travels right underneath to the downtown area. I think that if you’re in the downtown neighborhood or 4th avenue area, you should definitely stop and check out the underpass. It’s Tucson history that’s displayed on those walls, and who knows, you may find someone you know!