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What’s in Tedski’s Craw Today? « Ted's Polish-Mexican Page

What’s in Tedski’s Craw Today?

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Published on: October 5, 2016

I heard a story this morning that referred to a neighborhood as “The Lost Barrio.” I get the merchants along that stretch of Park Avenue south of 12th St wanting to brand themselves. It’s interesting, though, that when they wanted an evocative name, they ignored the name that went back to the beginning of the last century, Barrio San Antonio, and instead came up with “Lost Barrio.”

I’m hearing a lot of folks referring to the whole neighborhood that way now. The phrase “Lost Barrio” gives some sort of indie/hipster cred with it’s generalized Hispanicism. However, actually acknowledging that Hispanics had their own name for the place before you came along would be too much. I guess I should be thankful that they kept the word “Barrio” in the name.

My mom’s family grew up in Barrio Millville, literally on the other side of the tracks from San Antonio. Both neighborhoods were working class, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t differences. My Uncle Kiko let me know about it once.

“The people in San Antonio actually owned their own houses,” he told me.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

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