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We are proud of Mi Tierra’s prominent place in San Antonio’s story. For visitors and locals, Mi Tierra is the embodiment of our city’s warm, vibrant confluence of cultures. Our location at Market Square places us within a dynamic downtown area enriched with art, history, entertainment and shopping.

We invite you to explore our neighborhood. You’ll find places of historical significance, art exhibits, and charming shops… all within walking distance. Mi Tierra is the perfect base camp for fun excursions fueled with our pan dulce and house-blend coffee, classic Mexican dishes and perhaps a cold cerveza or two.

Market Square

The rich culture of San Antonio abounds throughout the plazas of Market Square. A three-block outdoor plaza lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands near San Antonio's city center, Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the U.S. It is one of America's top -ten outdoor markets according to Frommer's. Dozens of shops sell everything from hand-embroidered dresses to leather belts. Market Square's working artists, musicians, dancers and major cultural events give it a rich and lively cultural atmosphere.

Visitors browse through 32 shops at "El Mercado," and 80 specialty shops in the Farmers Market Plaza. Market Square is also the scene of many Hispanic festivals where food and beverage booths spring up alongside Guadalajara lamps while the sounds of mariachi music blends with the excitement of Mexican dances.

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Centro De Artes

The Centro de Artes at Texas A&M University – San Antonio is a beautiful exhibition space located in the downtown cultural center, in what used to be the Museo Alameda (the first formal affiliate of the Smithsonian). The Centro de Artes aims to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of Latino arts and cultures and their influences on the United States, through exhibitions and related educational programming for a variety of audiences.

Alameda Theatre

On March 9, 1949 legendary businessman G.A. “Tano” Lucchese opened San Antonio’s historic Alameda Theater, announcing his vision: “The Alameda will be a permanent symbol of good faith and understanding, between the Latin-American and Anglo-American where they might share and recognize two different cultures.” That same year the theater was awarded the winner of the most outstanding theater in the country.

The Casa de Mexico International Building adjoining the Alameda once housed the Mexican consul general’s office, the Mexico tourism office and the Mexican Chamber of Commerce.

The Alameda in the 1950s became a nationally recognized venue for Spanish-language acts and movies. Stars such as Maria Felix, Pedro Infante, Cantinflas, Pedro Gonzalez and Antonio Aguilar entertained predominantly Hispanic audiences.

Funds are currently being raised to renovate the theater and once restored the Alameda Theater will be faithfully returned to its vintage condition and will seat 2,400 patrons in beautiful splendor.

San Pedro Creek

Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority, in coordination with the City of San Antonio, are in the midst of the design phase of San Pedro Creek Improvements Project, which will transform the creek to reflect its place in our cultural history, improve its function in flood control, revitalize natural habitat and water quality, and catalyze economic development. The project will start at the tunnel inlet near Fox Tech High School and wind through the western side of Downtown to the creek’s confluence with the Alazan and Apache Creeks. The project includes 4 miles of trails and 11 acres of landscaped area and will remove 30 acres and 38 adjacent structures from the 100-year flood plain.

Source: http://spcproject.org/

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Zona Cultural

The Zona Cultural is a unique district in downtown San Antonio rich with history and cultural and art centers. The district is 44 contiguous blocks on the west-end of downtown where San Antonio has its roots and where the city first began. San Pedro Creek, Main Plaza, Military Plaza, Market Square, and Alameda Theater, among dozens of other institutions and art installations, are all located in the Zona and serve as symbols of our history and modern culture.

Centro San Antonio and many partners have joined forces to help promote and preserve this unique district through the advancement of arts and cultural development. Centro San Antonio, on behalf of its partners and many Zona stakeholders, has applied to the Texas Commission on the Arts for state recognition of the district after the City of San Antonio formally recognized the district in 2014.

The mission of the Zona Cultural is to support, develop and link concentrations of cultural, historic, commercial and entertainment experiences authentic to San Antonio. The Zona Cultural is where creative lifestyles, business, and education are connected and celebrated, and where residents and visitors engage with history and the continuing evolution of the culturally blended community.

Casa Navarro

Explore the life of a Texas patriot in the heart of downtown San Antonio. A rancher, merchant, and one of only two native-born Texans to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, José Antonio Navarro was a leading advocate for Tejano rights. Casa Navarro State Historic Site celebrates his life at his original 1850s adobe and limestone home, a historic jewel among its urban surroundings.

The site was designated a Texas State Historic Landmark in 1962 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Source: http://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/casa-navarro-state-historic-site

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