Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Festival and Parade Planner

Festival and Parade Planner

City Guide 2014: If you’re new to San Antonio, you need to know that one thing we do extremely well is party. Here’s a list of some of our biggest and best parades and festivals so you... By Katie Bosworth 2/24/2014

Best Sex Toy Shop

People: Reader's Choice: 4/23/2014
Best Antique Store

Best Antique Store

People: Reader's Choice: 4/23/2014

Best Local Activist/Watchdog/Nonprofit Leader

People: Reader's Choice: 4/23/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

25th Anniversary Issue

Current 25: Cisneros’ pink elephant Fiesta

1991-1995

The dream was of a new Westside replacing blocks of slum housing with a vibrant tourist-oriented mall, new hotels and office buildings, and a complex of high-tech manufacturing. In the mid-1980s, then-Mayor Henry Cisneros could speak of his vision of one-time Westside welfare mothers with well-paying jobs assembling computers. For a time, it seemed in reach. There was the new Fiesta Plaza Mall, a new Business and Technology Center “incubator” for small businesses, and new plants for the computer manufacturer Control Data Corporation and its hard drive subsidiary.

By the time the Los Angeles Times visited Fiesta Plaza and Vista Verde in 1992, the headline read “A ‘Pink Elephant’ Cisneros Can’t Forget.” The Control Data plants were turned into the Frank Wing Municipal Courthouse and the Central Police Substation. The Business and Technology Center now belongs to UTSA. And the “Pink Elephant” — named for its shocking pink paint job — was finally demolished after failing miserably as a retail complex. It is now the site of UTSA’s Downtown Campus. So much for dreams.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus