When Arizona Daily Star reporter Gabriela Rico sought to put together a “visual trip down memory lane” of Tucson’s commercial real estate development over the last five decades, she turned to students in the Master of Real Estate Development program at the University of Arizona to lead the research.
And the students, working with Rico, photo editor Rick Wiley and appraisers Baker & Associates, Inc., did not disappoint. The result: a decade-by-decade, 24-page spread in Tucson’s hometown paper: “50 Years of Commercial Real Estate Development in Tucson.”
From the 150-room Plaza International Hotel on the southeast corner of Campbell Avenue and Speedway Boulevard completed in 1971 to Caterpillar’s Tucson Mining Center west of Interstate 10 in the Mercado District completed in 2019, the richly detailed showcase features 44 photos and information about nearly 40 distinctly Tucson commercial projects.
The feature also includes an article on “How Tucson real estate changed over 50 years” as well as a profile of George Larsen, the 77-year-old cofounder of commercial brokerage firm Larsen Baker, celebrating his 50th year in the Tucson market.
The students worked under the guidance of James Brian Marian, adjunct lecturer in real estate development at the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.