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 1960s. 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.