Lovely, historic Secondo Barrio: "The Second Ward"

Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Segundo Barrio--or 2nd Ward--of El Paso lies between downtown and the border fence, a historic, Hispanic area of the city.

Currently on the table in El Paso is the Paso Del Norte development plan which proposes [according to the Paso Del Sur website] "the destruction of the heart of the Segundo Barrio, both a living community and the oldest neighborhood of El Paso. To replace the neighborhood with a 'big-box retail store' (Wal-Mart or Target), a strip mall and service economy jobs is reprehensible. We are long past the mentality that says we had to destroy the village in order to save it. El Segundo Barrio is not part of downtown. El Segundo Barrio is not for sale."

So often urban development is bad news for the poor. Visit the Paso Del Sur website for more info, photos and video.

I love the many murals sprinkled throughout the Segundo Barrio. These photos give you a taste of the flavor of the neighborhood. For more info, click on the photo thumbnail.
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