On February 29, 2020, Decipher City partnered with Ghisallo Cycling Initiative and local activist Daniel Alvarado to host a cycling tour of the historically Chicano community in the downtown area of Austin, Texas. For a brief primer on the Chicano movement, follow this link. Daniel Alvarado led the tour, which began and ended at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The stops included both structural and artistic history, which is by no means over as we are all fighting to preserve and enhance those spaces. For more details about the route, click here to find the storymap.
- Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
2. Miro Bathroom
3. Fiesta Gardens
4. Holly Power Plant
5. Santa Rita Courts
6. Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center
7. Cisco’s and La Perla’s
8. Plaza Saltillo
9. La Loteria mural, courtesy of Arte Texas
10. Austin Oaks Subdivision with LBJ’s Historic Oak Grove
Because we sometimes get things wrong at Decipher City, we work to correct our mistakes because mistakes are how history is destroyed. We originally referred to this area as a community land trust; it is actually community living created by Robert C. Weaver, the first African American director of the Housing and Urban Development department.
12. Rainey Street