For over two years, the iconic Plaza Guadalupe was fenced off from the community.
Once a vibrant space for neighborhood events, concerns about crime motivated the installation of a chain-link enclosure without City approval in 2016. The plaza is currently open to public and available to rent, but programming is limited.
Still, the space holds a cultural significance to the West side of San Antonio with potential for growth as a community space. Presidential hopeful Julian Castro recently launched his campaign from Guadalupe Plaza, close to the former San Antonio mayor's beginnings.
The City of San Antonio has conducted public input meetings to develop a vision for the space's future.
How can residents activate and revive Guadalupe Plaza and the surrounding area? What would a redesign look like?
- Shirley Gonzales, San Antonio City Council representative for District 5
- Siboney Díaz-Sánchez, co-chair of the American Institute of Architects San Antonio chapter of Latinos in Architecture
- Veronica Garcia, assistant director for the San Antonio Center City Development & Operations Department
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This interview aired on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.