America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs has a complicated history. Dozens of families, many made up of racial minorities, were gone when the city decided to raze the Conejos Neighborhood in Downtown Colorado Springs in the 1990s and early 2000s to make way for it. But for former residents of the neighborhood, the change was not painless.
This aerial photograph from 1980 shows the Conejos Neighborhood wedged between the railroad and Interstate 25. This aerial photograph from 1980 shows the Conejos Neighborhood wedged between the railroad and Interstate 25.
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