As face-lift eyed for Alamo, critics call for broader scope

Oct 11, 2015 3:23 PM by News Staff

DALLAS (AP) - The Alamo is preparing for a face-lift of at least $48 million and some critics say it must be transformed from a one-dimensional attraction that's struggled to find its footing amid the clamor of downtown San Antonio.

The 18th-century former Spanish mission is poised to undergo one of the most significant alterations in its history as the state moves to buy nearby commercial buildings.

But critics like Jesus F. de la Teja, with the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University, said the landmark is too focused on the 1836 battle in which some 190 men were killed by Mexican forces.

He says the Alamo doesn't capture the dynamic rise of the area in which many cultures built an important commercial hub over time.

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