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Why this couple chose low-income living

Christian Reed-Ogba and her husband once lived in one of the city’s most desirable apartments. In recent years, their small business dreams have led them to low-income housing on San Antonio’s West Side. And they’re better for it.

Former gang members nourish the barrio they once harmed

The Vietnam War lifted these former gang members out of one of the West Side’s most notorious neighborhoods and gave them a new perspective on the world.

Buying power: When selling is giving in the holiday season

A West Side tradition provides shopping opportunities for families who can’t afford retail prices. For parents who participate, the joy of purchasing gifts for their children brings dignity during the holidays.

ICYMI: This was all about racism

While Rodriguez v. San Antonio ISD worked its way through the courts in 1968, transcripts of Civil Rights hearings revealed a deeper logic at work in San Antonio and the country that sought to disenfranchise Mexican-Americans in almost every facet of life.

Peace in the barrio

Kids in my neighborhood had two after-school options: be bored or go to San Juan Community Center. Lucky for me, I chose the second.

Can a community service center save a community?

The Good Samaritan Center addresses generational poverty by staying for the long haul.