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Stories of a Local Community
Sacred Heart ChurchWritings, Photographs and Illustrations  Rental Car Center 

In the early 1900s, no one could have imagined the tremendous growth that would come to the Phoenix area. As the City grew, so did Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport into one of the country’s busiest. The airport’s development resulted in the relocation of residents of surrounding properties. From 1970 to 1985, the City of Phoenix relocated residents of the nearby Golden Gate neighborhood. In 2002, a voluntary acquisition, relocation and sound mitigation program began for residents of the nearby Barrios Unidos neighborhood. Neighborhoods were replaced with commercial development to meet the economic demands of the fast-growing airport. 

Swimming in the CanalThis exhibition is a memory project commemorating the varied history of a community and the neighbors that created it. It presents stories, poems, and artwork created from recollections gathered from former residents of Golden Gate and Barrios Unidos neighborhoods. 

Though the old neighborhoods have changed or are no longer here, the tales of past and current residents help bring these neighborhoods to life. Their accounts of everyday activities and special occasions, including love and pride, home and neighborhood, church and family, work and play, are reminders of the rich culture of communities everywhere.






Image Captions:
(above right) Frank Ybarra, Playing and Singing at Mass, 2009, acrylic on canvas
(above left) Frank Ybarra, Swimming in the Canal, 2009, acrylic on canvas
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