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UTSA and S.A. Express-News host town hall meeting on streetcars June 26

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(June 23, 2014) -- UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News will host a town hall meeting about downtown streetcars at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 26 in the Buena Vista Street Building Theater (1.326) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists will discuss VIA Metropolitan Transit’s proposed streetcar project, a controversial city issue. Will streetcars improve life in downtown San Antonio? Why not use buses on these routes instead? What do streetcars mean for bus riders and downtown traffic?

Panelists at the event will include VIA Metropolitan Transit Board Chairman Alex Briseno, public policy analyst and streetcar opponent Jeff Judson, SA 2020 President and CEO Darryl Byrd and UTSA public administration professor Heywood Sanders. Francine Romero, associate dean and associate professor of the UTSA College of Public Policy, will moderate the panel.

Following brief remarks by the four-member panel, members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask the panel questions about VIA’s proposed streetcar project.

Free event parking will be available in unmarked spaces in lot D-3 beneath Interstate 35.

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To RSVP for the event, email the San Antonio Express-News.

Follow the conversation online at #sastreetcars.

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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