This Bridge We Call…

A site specific dance created for the Hays Street Bridge Restoration group in movement for preservation. Original showing took place on August 2012 at the Hays Street Bridge. A collaboration between Fabiola Torralba and Michele Simpson.

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Photographs by Andrew Coronado. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O18a3unlTpc&feature=youtu.be

Video by Karen Becerril

YouTube Channel: Karedance1

The following information is taken from the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s website:

Restoration Group and Thousands of Community Supporters to Petition City for Public Vote on Hays Street Land Sale

As a part of their years of work to restore the Hays Street Bridge, members of the Restoration Group solicited and received land adjacent to the bridge for a park that would enhance the community’s enjoyment of this historic structure. This land was given to the City of San Antonio so that it could be used for the Hays Street Bridge park, and has been a central element in city and neighborhood plans for the area. Despite these commitments, despite a previous petition that included signatures of 800 community members, and despite a lack of final approval on the project from federal and state agencies, the City voted on August 2nd to approve a “sale” of the land for $295,000 and the immediate return of that amount to developer Eugene Simor, in a thinly veiled give away of public land for private profit.

Texas law gives citizens of San Antonio a right to prevent such reckless misuse of public land. Today the Restoration Group and its allies are submitting a petition opposing this sale, signed by over 2750 registered voters. Because of this petition, city officials may not proceed with the sale of the park land surrounding Hays Street Bridge until it is approved by the voters in a popular election.

In the wake of National Public Lands Day, we wish to remind City leaders that the Hays Street Bridge is very important to our community as a public place to walk, bike, and enjoy nature. This is especially true given that the Bridge is one of the few hike and bike paths located in the central city, and given the lack of open green space in working class neighborhoods within San Antonio. As the city gears up to redevelop downtown, the struggle over the Hays Street Bridge predicts a wave of similar struggles to preserve such public spaces and historic structures for people over profits–or at the very least, to keep the question open as to who development is for and who gets to decide. We are petitioning the city in this spirit, to ask that these important decisions over land use be entitled to the most inclusive political process possible. 

Please visit http://www.esperanzacenter.org/ for additional information and updates.

 

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