West Side

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.

How San Antonio left Edgewood to fend for itself

Reforms of the mid- and late-20th century offered opportunities for some school districts to shore up their property tax base and create more secure funding. Edgewood, however, would not be one of these.

How San Antonio segregated its schools

The struggles that continue to plague Edgewood ISD are rooted in prejudice. Throughout the 20th century, those prejudices became public policy that would allocate services unevenly across the city, creating intractable inequities still visible in the city’s school districts.