When I asked about this statue at the entrance to the 17th Street Market I was told it was Guanyin (or Lady Buddha). I knew nothing about this female deity so I searched on wikipedia for more info. If you can add anything to this serene lady's story, please post it!
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: