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This barrio is a micro representation of the overall low quality of life that has been identified for both Cameron County and the City of Brownsville by the U.S. Census Bureau. There were several mitigating variables that emerged from the data that will have some impact on this barrio’s ability to become part of the region’s economic and social mainstream. Of these the most challenging were the high percentages of undocumented residents, the inordinate numbers of renters, the low economic capacity of employed residents and the high crime rates that exceed those of the region in general. The most notable of these assets are the two elementary schools that are performing at any outstanding level by all standard measures.

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.PDF, 83 Pages, Text, Illustrations

The Buena Vida Barrio: A Brownsville transitional neighborhood


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