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The Barrio Libre
section of Tucson has generally always been the Mexican neighbourhood
-- after Arizona achieved statehood, many of the Mexican families moved
to this part of town in order to maintain their way of life.
The buildings are gorgeous, typical Sonoran-style architecture -- adobe
and stucco boxes with fabulous entryways right on the street and courtyards.
A good many of the homes were demolished to make way for the Tucson
Convention Center and since then a good many more of them have been
purchased by lawyers and architects and yuppies. Reaction to this is
mixed: longtime residents appreciate that neglected homes are being
repaired, but fear their own taxes will rise or that rents will cease
to be affordable.
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