Linda Ronstadt has been a resident of Tucson, AR for the majority of her life.
However, the 68-year-old singer recently decided that she needed a change of scenery.
According to the Arizona Republic, the Grammy Award-winning singer opened up about her decision to pack up and move during a recent interview with The Diane Rehm Show back in July. The interview was conducted shortly after the “You’re No Good” singer was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities by President Obama.
During Ronstadt’s hour-long chat with Rehm she opened up about her battle with Parkinson’s disease, her induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, and her feelings toward her hometown. She revealed the two main reasons why she desired to move to the west coast.
“There were two things. One thing, it was a car culture. To take (my son) to school, it would take about 25-30 minutes. It was like living in Los Angeles. And where we moved in San Francisco, my son could walk or ride a skateboard to school; it was just three blocks. It gave him a chance to develop a concept of neighborhood culture that was made on a human scale for foot traffic. ”
She also shared her opinion of Arizona politics.”Well, the politics were getting so gnarly in Arizona. I just, I mean, I grew up in Arizona, I love it. I’m a part of the desert. I feel like, really, I’m from the Sonoran Desert, which is — extends to both sides of the border. I’m really from that part of Mexico also. And I hate that there’s a fence, you know, running through it.”
Although she admitted she’s doesn’t favor the modernized Tucson architecture, she’s still quite fond of her hometown.
“I still like Tucson, I still like to come back and I love to see my friends. I love to go to Mexico, which is more like Tucson was when I liked it than Tucson is anymore … I’m sad about the downtown. I’m glad that people are down there, but the buildings look like Stalinist Russia. They’re so generic. They didn’t seem to realize that Tucson in the old days had a distinctive architecture.”