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Alva Torres Plaza

Dedicated in honor of Alva Bustamante Torres, a fourth generation Tucsonan and community activist who fought to preserve important sites during Tucson’s Urban Renewal of the 1960s & 70s.

The City of Tucson dedicated the TCC Plaza in honor of Alva Bustamante Torres, a fourth-generation Tucsonan and community activist. She was particularly involved in historic preservation efforts of Mexican-American cultural sites. Alva spearheaded these efforts in the early 1970s to preserve La Plaza de la Mesilla in downtown Tucson at the time when massive urban renewal in that area was taking place. Author Lydia Otero advocates for permanence in honor of the work of Alva Torres, an activist for the historic preservation of the old barrio in the ‘60s known as “La Calle”. This TCC Plaza now bears her name and story of advocacy.

Producer/Editor: John DeSoto
Videographers: John DeSoto, Özlem Ayşe Özgür

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