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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 18, 2018) – Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales’ statement regarding today’s vote to approve the Alamo Plaza redesign plan:
“I want to thank the members of the Alamo Citizen’s Advisory committee, especially my appointee George Cisneros, as well as the City staff and the staff of the state’s General Land Office who spent untold hours of their time working to develop a vision and build the compromises that brought us to the point we are today.
This is one of the most important votes that this council has taken. And while I had concerns about keeping the plaza open, maintaining the historic buildings around the plaza and making sure that the history and legacy of the Tejano heroes of the battle of the Alamo were well told and represented, there are also many things that I like about the plan.
Our vote today will change the character of our city forever. Generations of children and tourists who visit the Alamo shrine will now know that it was once known as the mission of San Antonio de Valero, that there was a thriving community living here well before the battle happened and that the battle should be seen as part of the history of a people who are rooted in this part of the world.
Alamo Plaza will change, but it will change for the better when the true and total story of the Alamo is told with reverence and pride and when the courage of the fight for civil rights is preserved in the Woolworth building.
This is by no means a perfect agreement, but it is the product of the democratic and deliberative process that we should all protect and lean on as we move forward in this process.”