October 2, 2019 / Modified oct 3, 2019 11:36 a.m.

Exploring the future through the past: Tucson's Sunshine Mile.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: A preview of Film Fest Tucson 2019, and how one woman's dream of helping wildlife is making a big difference in the Sonoran Desert.

sunshine mile hero 1 A row of empty storefronts on Broadway that may soon experience new life along Tucson's Sunshine Mile.
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Featured on the October 3rd, 2019 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

Architect Michael Becherer, AIA takes Mark on a tour of some of the buildings located on Broadway’s historic “Sunshine Mile”. These office and retail spaces will be celebrated with public tours on Saturday, October 5th from 2 - 5 p.m. The "Inside the Sunshine Mile Tour" is part of the AIA’s Architecture Week, in collaboration with the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation’s Modernism Week.

sunshine mile unsized image An example of Tucson's modernist architecture, designed in 1958 by architect Nick Sakellar, FAIA as part of the Solot Block located at 2631 E Broadway.
courtesy Michael Becherer

Film Fest Tucson 2019 runs October 10th through the 12th, featuring an international roster of shorts and feature length films. The guest of honor, director Peter Bogdanovich, will present his classic film The Last Picture Show on Saturday, Oct. 12th. Mark talks with Film Fest director Herb Stratford about some of the films, and you can find a complete schedule and watch film trailers here.

film fest tucson logo hero Film Fest Tucson brings an international roster of shorts and features to Tucson every year.
courtesy Film Fest Tucson
gaytino film fest hero Performer, writer, director and Tucson original Dan Guerrero stars in "¡GAYTINO! - Made in America".
courtesy Film Fest Tucson
cactus boy film fest hero An image from director Chris Brake's quirky short film "Cactus Boy". Brake will present a post screening Q&A on Saturday, October 12th as part of Film Fest Tucson 2019.
courtesy Film Fest Tucson
last picture show film fest hero Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges star in director Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 classic "The Last Picture Show". Bogdanovich will be in Tucson to present a pre-screening Q&A on Saturday, October 12th as part of Film Fest Tucson 2019.
courtesy Film Fest Tucson

And, when Lisa Bates was thinking about what to do with her life, someone told her to reflect on her passion. She did, and in 1998, she founded the Tucson Wildlife Center. Today, the center is contacted about more than 3,000 wild animals in need of medical care each year, all while depending on donations and a mostly volunteer staff.

"Rescuing Wildlife", as seen on Arizona Illustrated.

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