I’m not voting today, even though I’ve lived in ‘Tucson’ for 35 years or more. ‘Tucson’ is in quotation marks because although my life is centered in the city, and my mailing address says Tucson, I’ve never actually lived there—I’ve lived in the Catalina Foothills.
For nearly all of those 35 years I have favored annexation by the city. For the same 35 years my fellow Foothills residents have resisted annexation, willing to live as political eunuchs rather than risk an uncertain tax future.
But Tucson is the dog that wags the foothills tail, and they have given up all say in Tucson affairs, for instance important issues like water and development, that directly affect their own well being as well as that of the entire community.