The residents of both historic neighborhoods are coming showing sparks of organizing – alright!!
Recently a Facebook group was formed called “El Azteca Matters” which shares some of the history of El Azteca historic neighborhood and its resident stories. Laredo residents can expect to hear more in the coming future about El Azteca and its rich history as some of the folks behind this movement consider different activities to highlight Laredo’s past.
On the other side of I-35, in the 2nd residential Historic District, a different kind of push is being felt by those who live and work in the area. Several residents have partnered with councilwoman Cindy Liendo to host a first “Meet the Neighbors” event which is as its name implies, for those who live and work in St. Peter’s historic area. That group has also launched a Facebook page (yesterday) to share activities that may be taking place in the neighborhood.
I’ve heard of other “block parties” and other neighborhood events in other parts of Laredo – but for these two areas, these activities are firsts in trying to redevelop pride in the history of each home and what transpired there as Laredo was formed.
Let’s not ignore that El Azteca does have a history of community organizing, though – we must not forget that the Azteca Economic Development and Preservation Corporation sprang out of community activism with the proposed construction of a government facility that meant razing one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Laredo. I wasn’t around for whatever protests there were but it did begin a movement that culminated in a nonprofit for economic development and housing issues.
Many families may have stories for both of these groups which I am sure they would welcome – for now, though, both are slowly getting the current residents together first. Some hope to have representatives attend the 3rd Annual Historic Homeowner Fair in San Antonio. We shall see…
This is the flyer for the St. Peter’s “Meet the Neighbors” event for those who are currently (as in today) living on these streets bordered by:
Moctezuma on the North
Santa Maria on the East
Lincoln on the South
Santa Isabel on the West
I wonder if this might spur additional neighborhood groups… hmmm…