San Diego Chicano Park
San Diego has a historic park named Chicano park, it is located beneath the well know Coronado bridge in Barrio Logan, south of San Diego. Barrio Logan was one of the location were Mexicans had arrived and started settling around the area in the early 1890’s. San Diego was already such a historic place to Chicanos living there. So when the government tried taking the land that was rich in history and their culture, the people fought and created what is now called Chicano park. The park is know for its outdoor murals dedicated to the Mexican American culture it is said to have the largest amount of outdoor murals in the United States.
After World War II, the Barrio Logan community became and industry mess from junkyards to metals and other toxic businesses that were affecting the community by creating air pollution. There was constant construction around the area causing loud noises. The city became careless for the location and the community was getting tired of it and refused tolerate it anymore. During the 1960s the black civil movement had inspired many Chicanos. The Cesar Chavez movement started during the 1960’s as well and that sparked the Chicanos to start organizations like MECHA and The Chicano Youth movement, as well. The community had been demanding a park for a while and now they were going to but their foot down. In 1969 the city council finally promised for a park for the inconvenience of the homes loss when the bridge and freeway were build, but no action were taken to build the park. In April 22,1970 the final straw had arise, Mario Solis a Chicano student had found out that the city was planning to build a highway patrol station. He decided that was the end of it, he went door to door handing out flyers to spread the word. By the next day 250 people had gather to at the spot to but an end to it, the occupation of the Chicano park lasted twelve days and the city officials finally agreed.
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