With their hearts in their hands: Forging a Mexican community in Dallas, 1900-1925. Page: 2
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disappeared completely amidst the construction of high-rise condominiums and
congested roads, tollways, and freeways.2
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Despite the gradual dissection and bulldozing of Little Mexico, Mexicans and
Mexican culture maintained an increasingly strengthening presence in the city of Dallas.
The 2006 immigration march showed not only the persistence of the immigration debate
into the present day but also the sheer number of people of Mexican ancestry still
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residing in the North Texas area. In 1980, one in every eight Dallas residents was
Hispanic. By 2000, the statistic changed to one in three. By 2004, Hispanics had
become the largest single ethnic group in Dallas, comprising nearly 42 percent of the
Dallas population, or nearly one in every two Dallas residents. The Catholic diocese of
2 "Taste of Tradition: Enduring Grocery Store a Reminder of the Past in a Sea of
New Development," Dallas Moning News, October 1, 2000.
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