Posted: 2013-08-30
Brad Lancaster describes the strip of vegetation beside the sidewalk outside his Tucson, Arizona home as “an orchard and a pharmacy.” The desert ironwood tree has peanut flavored seeds and blooms that make a delicious salad garnish. Creosote is good for athlete’s foot. Chuparosa has a red flower that tastes like cucumber. The barrel cactus’s yellow fruit can be used for chutneys or hair…
Posted: 2013-08-08
Water-harvesting, traffic-calming chicane clean up party - this Saturday, August 10 at 8am. Meet at the intersection of 9th Ave and 1st Street. Bring water, pruning shears, and gloves.We will work together to spruce up some of our streets' chicanes and circles. Brad Lancaster will show you how to identify the plants we want to keep (native wildflowers, native grasses, and good trees) and the…
Posted: 2013-07-17
Featuring video from our neighborhood with text about Brad's early days in Dunbar/Spring. This is a well-done piece.American Oasis, Harvesting the Sky to Live in a Dry LandFrom the article: "A year before he met Maseko, Lancaster and his brother, Rodd, brought a house in the neighborhood of Dunbar/Spring.They didn’t have a lot of choices. Dunbar/Spring was a historic, ethnically diverse…
Posted: 2012-12-28
Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant proposal. Submitted Oct. 7, 2008. The Dunbar Spring neighborhood is a small, historic, and culturally diverse neighborhood located just north of downtown Tucson. The name Dunbar Spring (not “springs”) is derived from two prominent Tucson citizens - African-American poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and John Spring who was one of Tucson’s first…
Posted: 2012-10-24
In partnership with the Watershed Management Group and the Community Food Bank, students and staff from the UofA’s Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) are seeking to better understand how Tucsonans use, and would like to use, the outdoor spaces at their homes and in their neighborhoods. We also seek to better understand Tucsonans' ideas and beliefs about southwestern landscapes and…
Posted: 2012-03-11
Dunbar/Spring's new water harvesting features are coming along nicely. Many new basins, curb cuts and holes, traffic circles, and chicanes are nearing completion. The City has also recently been working to take out the 'blinky lights' in preparation to put steady burn amber colored lights in their place.