public outreach

Woven In Among Us: A Chicano Patchwork

"This Is Austin" by Mando "Tanner" Martinez, Co-Director of Arte Texas

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.

  1. 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

La Loteria Mural on Cycle East

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.

11. Festival Beach Food Forest and Festival Beach Community Garden

12. Rainey Street

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