By Brenda Muñoz Murguia/Cronkite News June 28, 2022
Raul Ramirez & Roxanna Valenzuela
Barrio Neighborhood Coalition members are featured.
Produced by Cáit NíSíomón From
A look at the human cost of the housing crisis.
This is centered on the Monterey Garden Apartments. The Tucson Tenants Union, Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, Tucson Eviction Prevention Response along with Glenda Avalos a Barrio Neighborhood Coalition member are featured.
The 1960 Urban Renewal, when the Tucson City Council approved a massive downtown redevelopment project in 1965 that leveled businesses and neighborhoods to make way for the city-county government complex, the TTC, Music Hall and La Placita. Remembering 1960 Urban Renewal as we journey to present day gentrification of Tucson.
¡Mi Barrio No Se Vende! My Neighborhood Is Not for Sale! Is an initiative aimed at “flippers” who harass homeowners to sell their properties. They buy houses “as is”, renovate them and flip at a much higher price. They target older communities with large lots. The outcome is that this activity leads to increased gentrification and displacement. There are two prongs to our approach: 1) to have yard signs in English and Spanish with the message that Mi Barrio No Se Vende or Mi Casa No Se Vende and 2) Resource Booklets prepared by the Tucson Land Trust “Resources to help you stay in your community”. These yard signs and booklets will be available at Casa Maria, 352 E 25th Street from Monday - Friday 9:00am - 11:00am.
People have come to the conclusion that now is the time to act against gentrification with a special emphasis on this scandalous housing crisis. This is a matter of human dignity, including the dignity of the unhoused people of Tucson.
Elected officials whose power has been given by their constituents have failed, once again, to take urgent action to provide emergency housing. What if this was their mother or child on the streets?