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La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwest City Paperback – October 6, 2010

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Winner of a Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association.

"Otero is re-voicing the silenced and examining the role of power and voice in creating an imagined history. She offers a rich understanding of how resistance exists in everyday practices by individuals and how such resistance continues in the face of powerful--and disempowering--institutional and social relations." --Gabriela F. Arredondo, author of Mexican Chicago: Race, Identity and Nation, 1916-1939

"Based on meticulous research and oral histories, Lydia Otero's La Calle documents the Tucson Mexican American community's tragic experience with urban renewal during the the l960s. It is an indictment of the politics, greed, and racism that led to the destruction of the Mexican American economic, historical, cultural, and architectural heart of the Old Pueblo. It is also an elegy and a eulogy honoring those who fought city hall, often in vain, to preserve Tucson's Mexican past. We owe them, as well as Lydia, our profound gratitude for telling their stories." --Patricia Preciado Martin, author of Beloved Land: An Oral History of Mexican Americans in Southern Arizona

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In 1966 voters of Tucson approved Arizona's first major urban renewal project which targeted the Mexican American heart of the city, called "la calle." Otero explores the forces behind the mass displacement that followed including a desire for order and increasing dependence on tourism.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press; 1St Edition edition (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816528888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816528882
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drewDOOM on January 2, 2013
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This book was simply fantastic. I took a class with the author and therefore had to get the book. But I'm so glad I did. Her account of the history of Tucson is incredibly detailed and mentions all sorts of people and names that are familiar to me (I live in Tucson). If you have any interest in the Mexican American community, or in the history of the City of Tucson, then read this book. You won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheMonsta on October 1, 2012
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I was born and raised here in Tucson and never knew the history and birth of my city, that is until I read this book. It is a great read and pretty easy to follow. Anyone interested in finding out about Tucson's past should definitely consider picking up this book. It obviously isn't a complete picture of the past, but it is insightful and gives off a different perspective.
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