Proposed changes to Alamo drawing controversy

Many worry about access to sacred site

SAN ANTONIO – Many might “Remember the Alamo,” but many are also struggling to re-image the Alamo.

“Where's the integrity that strips away the tradition of a 300-year-old Mexican Spanish mission?" one person asked at the third meeting to discuss the proposed changes.

Its potential redevelopment, appearance and vision met with opposition from all sides Tuesday night.

“Blood was shed on these grounds,” one critic said. “We need to show the place as a reverence to where those people died,"

The proposed $100 million downtown development continues to bring questions and concerns over what some say is the destruction of hallowed grounds.

“This is a Native American cemetery,” another man opposed to the plan said. “Yes, we had a battle for 13 days. We need to acknowledge why that's important, but why don't we acknowledge that Native Americans pledged, fought and died for Texas independence?”

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One of the biggest changes would be the closure of Alamo Street along the plaza.

The plan also includes a glass enclosure, which some say will limit vehicle and pedestrian traffic between Houston Street and the historic La Plaza.

Funding for the project still needs to be hammered out. The city could contribute $38 million, including $21 million from the proposed bond currently before voters.

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The state of Texas might be asked to fork over $75 million.


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