Barrio Viejo’s legacy lives on

By Vanessa Lucero/El Inde

Before 1971, the area just south of downtown Tucson was a thriving Mexican American community. It has adobe homes and pocket parks; it was the place where Mexican Americans celebrated and preserved their culture. But then on March 1, 1966, the Pueblo Center Redevelopment Project was approved, targeting 80 acres of the most densely-populated non-white area in the city.

Today, this is a place that not all neighbors have a positive outlook on. It’s a place of resentment. 

Vanessa Lucero has this story.

Letitia and Pedro Gonzales moved into this house in Barrio Viejo since the 1980’s. Photo by Vanessa Lucero.

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