Replay the video from Esperanza Peace and Justice Center 's January 16, 2021, event, “Don't Demolish: Save the Alazán Apache Courts and Preserve Public Housing!”
This virtual event is part of DreamWeek 2021. The discussion is about the proposed demolition and redevelopment of the Alazán Courts, San Antonio’s oldest and largest public housing community, and efforts to save it and preserve public housing. Panelists include Alazan residents Kayla Miranda and Jacquline Caldwell; Teri Castillo from the Historic Westside Residents Association; Dr. Christine Drennon and Dr. Antonia Castañeda, and Robert Washington, Homes Guarantee.
SAHA has proceeded with their plans to demolish the Alazan Courts despite months of public outcry against demolition. Demolition of 501 public housing units will displace 1200 individuals throughout San Antonio and beyond and replace public housing with mixed-income apartments. Multiple issues surround the demolition and redevelopment, including the importance of the historic and cultural preservation of the Alazan Courts to the neighborhood; the loss of public housing that protects our most vulnerable populations; the ongoing neglect of existing public housing units while planning for yet more development; and the manner in which redevelopment can spur further gentrification and displacement in the larger community. Additionally, SAHA tenants request a role in the selection of the new CEO of SAHA who will respect the rights of tenants and prioritize keeping buildings in dignified living standards.
About the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center is a nationally recognized nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the intersections of cultural arts and social change. Esperanza’s cultural programming champions the lives and experiences of women, people of color, LGBTQ, immigrant, and working class communities. Founded in 2009, the Westside Preservation Alliance (WPA) is San Antonio’s leader in grassroots historic preservation advocacy. The WPA is dedicated to promoting historic preservation in Mexican American and working class communities. For more information contact Imgard Rop at firstname.lastname@example.org