City Council on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of the $450 million Alamo Master Plan, which initiates the hiring of architects to design the final physical space surrounding the Alamo and allows city and state officials to start work on key elements of the plan.
So far, designers seem to have scrapped the idea to remove and relocate existing trees, and they have added several entry points north of the plaza.
In 1936, the State of Texas held a Centennial celebration, and like everything Texas does, it was the biggest celebration of a centennial ever seen.
We urge City Council to approve the master plan conditional on the plaza remaining a connected civic space rather than a controlled-access outdoor museum.
The Alamo needs to remain free – free to all the public, at all hours of the day and night, for all purposes.
The Alamo Master Plan will finally create a respectful environment for an American icon while creating civic spaces worthy of a great city.
What the new “Reimagine the Alamo” master plan fails to recognize is the 150 years of history after the Alamo and what this history has meant to our city over time.
To be a vital destination for everyone, it is equally important to have Alamo Plaza be a welcoming civic space as it has been for the past 200 years.
How to make Alamo Plaza a more historically representative site and keep it as a vibrant public gathering place for locals and visitors is the challenge.
Our city relies on tourism, but that doesn’t mean we should forget that it is ours. We don’t need to put Alamo Plaza behind glass to make it more sacred.