Triangle District in the News

Triangle District in the News

Sunday’s Journal North had this to say about the origins of the Triangle District:

“Perhaps Willem Malten, owner of Cloud Cliff Bakery, on Second Street by the railroad crossing, might know some history. Malten’s business has been in the neighborhood since the late ’80s. His bakery now shares its space with El Patio Cafe.

“Before, it was called ‘The Crossing,’ because of the railroad crossing,” said Malten. “But it seemed a little too religious.” Malten said he thought urban designer Roy Wroth was the person who first called the area the Triangle District.”

“It was Wroth, who does urban design and community development, who finally provided some answers.

In a community development effort that dated to about 2003, Wroth said, he was working on an exploratory vision of the Pacheco and Alta Vista area, as well as the intersection of Second Street and the railroad tracks. At the same time, a small group of people was planning a street fair called the Second Street Experience, and one member of the group was also working on an adult literacy program.

“So we started combining all those things and it became a community development effort,” said Wroth. “I was the one that came up with the Triangle District name. There’s a neighborhood in Denver called the Golden Triangle, and that wasn’t quite the right name for Santa Fe.”

But Wroth downplays the name, saying, “It’s not the best name in the world, but the image it has is that it’s bigger than just one neighborhood, and it encourages people to look at the mix of uses and the kinds of people that come together to make the neighborhood.”

His small group founded the Triangle District Resource Center, “and once it had its own constituency, they decided what it should be named.”

That name was El Centro Comunitario, which now serves the Las Palomas and Sangre de Cristo housing complexes. “Women (there) head more than 70 percent of local households,” according to Soledad Santiago, the mostly unpaid director of the center. “The average family subsists on an annual income of $9,470.40.”

Right now, El Centro is in a small building, donated by the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority.

But the housing authority is building a new community center next door, at 1804 Espinacitas St., with space for El Centro. Besides GED classes and English classes and weekly food distribution to 90 families, El Centro is trying to create artists of its own through cottage industries like beading and Mexican crafts.

“We’re not a social service agency,” said Santiago. “We’re a place to fortify people so they can take their lives into their own hands.”

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