UTSA and San Antonio Express-News to host Alamo town hall forum Sept. 19


The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

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(Sept. 13, 2013) -- The San Antonio Express-News and The University of Texas at San Antonio will host a town hall forum on the history and redevelopment of Alamo Plaza at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Panelists will address the issue of ensuring that the Alamo retains its place as a treasured shrine. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists at the event will be Larry Laine (chief clerk in the Texas Land Commissioner's Office), Mayor Julian Castro, San Antonio Conservation Society President Sue Ann Pemberton (also UTSA architecture lecturer), historian Gary Foreman and Alamo Plaza businessman Davis Phillips, president and CEO of Phillips Entertainment. Express-News columnist Gilbert Garcia will moderate the discussion.

Discussion will center on the question: Should the Alamo footprint be restored to provide a better experience for visitors, or should the buildings on the western edge of Alamo Plaza remain as they are? The panelists will answer questions from the audience.

Those planning to attend are asked to email letters@express-news.net to reserve a seat.