If this place goes, so will a part of my heart, and the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people that know BICAS.
I used to go ‘down there’ a lot, and many a Tucson cyclist found the rare part they needed at BICAS. The incredible creativity that formed that place leaves a lasting impression with the love that the volunteers and people that work there put into the wall and floor art, and into the art of getting broken bicycles back on the road. Plus it is a dreamy, surreal place, and cool in the summer, where many misfits and other souls have found great parties.
Gotta keep BICAS alive!
This from an email:
We urge you to support a proposal submitted to the City of Tucson by WAMO (Warehouse Arts Management Organization) to become the Master Lease Holders of the Citizens Warehouse building – the current home of BICAS.
WAMO is an Arizona non-profit corporation whose mission is to preserve, protect, program and promote the Tucson Historic Warehouse Arts District. WAMO, BICAS and the artist tenants have put together a unique team with a collaborative approach to insure an open and transparent building improvement and a building management plan. The team’s goal is to put a stop to the current poor management practices, neglect of building maintenance and lack of even basic health and safety code standards like those mentioned the common attic insulation problems and poor air flow through warm and cold weather. WAMO, through their proposal and with BICAS as the chief tenant, will reverse this and create an urban arts and educational center we can all be proud of.
The proposal will be submitted on Thursday April 29, 2010 and will soon after be reviewed by Mayor and Council.
You can help by letting your City of Tucson Council Member know how critical it is that BICAS remains a vital part of the downtown warehouse district in our current location in the Citizens Warehouse building. Please call or write Mayor and Council asking for their support of this important proposal.
We are providing a sample support letter you can use to send to your council person. It is attached as a Microsoft Word Document.
To find out what Ward you are located in and who your Council member is, go to cms3.tucsonaz.gov/wardmap