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Progress and a Mexican American Community's Struggle for Existence

Phoenix's Golden Gate Barrio

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Pete R. Dimas

The rapid growth of Phoenix, Arizona, is symbolized by the expansion of Sky Harbor International Airport. Renovation of the Airport involved the demolition of the predominately Mexican American community known as Golden Gate Barrio. Progress and a Mexican American Community's Struggle for Existence is an examination of the development and ultimate collision of these two entities, a continuation of an old conflict of cultures. The demise of Golden Gate is a microcosm of public policy and Anglo-Hispanic relations in the U.S. Southwest.