New sprigs popping up in historic Laredo

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…

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8 Responses to New sprigs popping up in historic Laredo

  1. MaryHelen says:

    QF, is this fair in SA something that can be brought to Laredo? SA is decades ahead of us in the Neighborhood Rehab game. We can definitely learn something from them, although I doubt we could ever catch up — not that it’s important “to keep up with the Jones’s”, hehehe.

    Back to the Historic Homeowner Fair, I wonder if the Webb County Heritage Foundation would sponsor it or maybe Laredo Main Street?

    • Que Fregados says:

      Don’t know. You are asking the wrong person. You need to ask the homeowners if they would go and buy from vendors at a fair like that and then you need to have vendors that would be historic restoration/renovation friendly and in all honesty… there arent that many in Laredo. We also don’t have large (official) historic neighborhoods. St. Peters is only 36 blocks and there are many warehouses so… that isnt that many folks to support a fair. Who knows, though.

  2. critters and crayons says:

    I visited the Azteca neighborhood when we were trying to find all the Laredo Splash Parks…I had no idea it had such a history! The Splash Park could use a little work! 🙂 It’s the tiniest and there are some hazards (unfenced steep drop-offs) around it that make it a little dangerous for small kids. Anyway- it’s great that neighbors are organizing….

  3. Keyrose says:

    El Chacon might follow your lead.

  4. Poncho1950 says:

    Congratulations, QF and all those making an effort to preserve some of Laredo’s historic beauty. The old barrios are not quaint; they have a natural tranquility and beauty that is part of the Laredo I remember. Part of it is the architecture and part is the gardens, filled with plants well adapted to the climate. The homes hearken to our past and a way of life, but they are meaningful today, as well.

    Historic districts are an excellent way to keep these neighborhoods alive and thriving, or to rejuvenate them with new people and restorations. I have found that politicians, whatever their stripes, are often responsive and supportive – although at times they take some convincing – to historic groups and their efforts.

  5. Marty says:

    Wonderful ideas

  6. Anonymous says:

    About time! If I was back in Laredo, I would love to help but I moved out. I help out in a historic neighborhood where I live now. Good luck to all the people who are making the preservation of Laredo’s history happen.

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