What started as a gathering of concerned individuals wanting to make a difference in their neighborhood has blossomed into a respected community development corporation and neighborhood association, setting a standard for inner city revitalization, the Avenida Guadalupe Association (Avenida).
In over 30 years of service, the Avenida has yielded substantial successes on both the economic and housing development fronts, stimulating business and commerce while beautifying and restoring the physical and spiritual character of the Avenida Guadalupe Neighborhood. The Avenida’s highly successful projects range from structural renovations and brand new construction to housing counseling and cultural events.
The Avenida’s community-based efforts began with the renovation of the historic Guadalupe Theatre, now under the management of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, an anchor in the neighborhood. The Avenida then constructed the Plaza Guadalupe located on the 1300 block of Guadalupe Street. This location was transformed from a dilapidated area to a beautiful community park where children and families can play and neighbors can gather. The next economic development project for the Avenida was the El Parian Business Incubator, a facility built to provide low-cost office space and to cultivate commerce and activity in the area. Then the renovation of El Progreso Community Center was tackled and it today serves as a meeting and rental space for private parties, quinceañeras and birthday celebrations. Additional accomplishments can be found under “Accomplishments.”
The Avenida has devoted over 30 years to beautifying this neighborhood and restoring the vibrancy and vitality of this community. Careful attention has been given to preserving the historic character of the neighborhood while encouraging growth because the ultimate goal of each endeavor is to enhance the Avenida neighborhood's ability to resume its traditional role in San Antonio.