Simon Salas’s window to the world is framed in a decades-old building on Saltillo and 19th Southwest Street. Every working day, after settling into his office, he overlooks the part of West Side Barrio where he was born and raised.
He sees fathers with their young children, walking on their sides, heading under tree limbs outstretched to Good Samaritan Community Services, as mothers, fathers, and their children did in the 1970s. He sees women and men at the corner bus stop, waiting for the main transportation to their jobs, like his mother who rode to work at Luby’s in the North Star Mall. It sees ordinary people bearing the unseen burden of striving to provide a better life for their loved ones.