Why I Don’t Plan On Leaving San Antonio

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There was an interesting piece by Callie Enlow on the Rivard Report (the recently launched blog/website former SAEN editor Bob Rivard) that talked about Why People Leave San Antonio. This article was an insightful look at why people move to a different city, and while I can agree with some points there are others that I feel she missed.

Enlow is on point with the types of jobs that are available in San Antonio. While we are looking to net roughly 275,000 jobs by 2022, she cites a report that only a small amount of them (25,000 – 50,000 jobs) are what she terms “knowledge based.” While this may be what the reports are saying, there is a shift that is happening to the urban core that is going to be a huge draw for jobs and people.

In the Pearl complex, condos are going up quicker than the city’s collective BAC during Fiesta. But the Pearl is just the beginning. Go a couple of blocks East to Broadway and you will see other apartments/condos being built. Go a couple blocks South to Quincy and there is more construction. With all this construction in the core, San Antonio is setting itself up for an urban renaissance similar to that seen in Fort Worth.

While the urban construction is a way to jumpstart interest, the next wave of jobs in San Antonio looks to be in the startup community. Just as TechStars ignited the Boulder scene, TechStars Cloud and Geekdom look to do the same to the Alamo City. If past is prologue, this shift can happen rather quickly, and in fact it is happening now.

With Rackspace being an anchor to the burgeoning tech community, the low cost of living and the willingness of movers and shakers like Graham Weston to provide an outlet like Geekdom for the tech/entrepreneur community, I predict that this city will see some amazing growth over the next three to five years. Growth that will be far more than the formal reports and research are predicting.

Enlow’s second point, that it is “downright impossible to find enough likeminded individuals for friendship, professional partnerships, or romance” rings hollow. This is the same reason that I get frustrated with shortsighted people who plaster the “Keep San Antonio Lame” bumper stickers on their cars (although I do find the actual stickers amusing). The only thing keeping San Antonio lame is the people who can’t see what is right in front of them.

San Antonio has every bit of the variety of things to do in cities like Austin, however, it is not blatantly thrown out in front of you. While there may not be a concentration of venues like 6th Street at present time, there are tons of great places to hear live music. Our art scene is world class with contemporary galleries congregated in one place like Blue Star and other galleries along the South Flores area, not to mention the very unique Artpace. This is all in addition to the more stately McNay Art Museum and San Antonio Art Museum.

The culinary scene has some of the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants anywhere around coupled with a group of restaurateurs/chefs who are producing some amazing food. The waistlines of San Antonians can attest to the quality of the food in our city; however, with the advent of ambitious park and trail systems like the Leon Creek and Salado Creek Greenways, even that is changing. Our city is getting more fit.

Meeting people is challenging for younger people in a post-college life in almost any city without a dense urban core. It comes down to the fact that you are being removed from a large, diverse population where you can choose friends just as easily as getting a piece of pizza from the $6 CiCi’s buffet, and thrown into the working world where you have to be proactive to make new connections. For those of who are non-married without kids, this can be difficult.

Fortunately, being in a big city can temper this. Have a passion? Find a Meetup. Are you entrepreneurial and love software? Join Geekdom (ok – yes, it’s another shameless plug, but I am a proud member of this organization). Enjoy races and marathons? Join a running group. Like to drink? Go to a bar. Want to run and drink? Join a pub run. Want to drink and learn about the Lord? Check out Beer and Bible Study. With a city the size of San Antonio, there are many groups to explore your interests (or combinations of interests).

Yes, the public transportation isn’t the greatest, but the city is laid out in a way where traffic flows pretty evenly (outside of rush hour), and there are typically several different ways to arrive to a destination. I wonder if any of the people who complain about the public transportation have ever been on a Via bus. When I served on jury duty, the express bus from 1604 and I-10 to downtown was fast and had Wi-Fi. Additionally, Via does a great job with having park and ride service to many of the major events (such as Fiesta). I’m not saying that they have everything figured out, but the bus system is not the worst in the nation. The blue and red trolleys are an easy way to get around downtown and the San Antonio Bike Share is an option for residents to ride from Pearl to South Alamo.

The point is there is plenty to do in San Antonio and that should not be a reason for anyone to leave. The people, culture, neighborhoods, food and ethos are all amazing. Yes, I might leave this city for an opportunity that’s not available here, but it had better be a damn good one. Viva San Antonio.

Note: I have not been active on the blog because of the fact that I have recently taken a job in a field that is completely new to me, am in the process of getting married in May, moving out of two houses and into one and trying to start a business. Needless to say, it has been busy, but I look forward to blogging more once June gets here.

  • Rumaldo De Leon

    Well, written! Life, anyplace is what you make of it and San Antonio has so much to offer those willing to seek it out and take advantage of it. Que viva San Antonio!

  • http://www.consideringcampbell.com Molly

    Amen, amen, amen. GREAT post. The only thing I lamented when we moved here was the lack of great American breakfast places…then you told me about Mr Tims and all was right with the world

  • Jecca

    Thank you for the write up. My goal was to stay for 2 years for school. 8 years later, I am still here and why my friends are coming from Dallas and Houston. it’s a great city with neat charm. Viva SA! ;)

  • http://angelabartels.com Angela Bartels

    Great write up. I think people that complain about San Antonio can’t really pin point whom to blame and at the end of the day, it’s up to the people to make the city what you want it to be. San Antonio is not for everyone just like New York City is not for everyone. But you can’t say that San Antonio has nothing to offer, as well described in your post (by the way there are lots of running groups, Fleet Feet being one of them). I am in New York City right now (my 4th favorite city behind San Francisco, Rome and San Antonio) and I can’t wait to get back to the warm sun and cool margarita. The truth of the matter is that San Antonio is thriving and we’re at the cusp of something big. Every urban city didn’t arrive fruitful, it took time. San Antonio is in no rush; it’s the culture of the people here. It reminds me a lot of Sevilla, Spain (and why wouldn’t it since the descendants of San Antonio come from the Canary Islands); laid back and enjoying life. A transformation is happening though and it’s too bad for those that don’t want to wait around for it.

  • San Antonio Joe

    @Molly – I know what you mean! There were a couple of American breakfast joints that were serviceable, but Mr Tim’s has those slap-your-momma biscuits that are out of this world. Thanks for the comment and for reading the blog.

  • http://1200somemiles.com Sara Grafton

    Just because people leave does not mean that San Antonio has more faults than other cities. The grass can be greener on the other side (both figuratively and literally). As someone who has left San Antonio, I would strongly consider moving back in the future. I found that the people in the area are awesome and welcoming. I think that the future for San Antonio is bright, and I will keep my eye on the Alamo City.

  • http://Nongbri.com Deven Nongbri

    Great post, Angela, and I agree with you on why SA is such a vibrant city and a really nice place to live (and even start a family).

    With heavy hearts, we ended up moving to Houston to follow our entrepreneurial muses, tap into a more cosmopolitan city and access many more direct domestic and international flight options to grow our business.

    We miss SA and our friends and I do miss the social media community (still trying to start a BMPR-like group here) but who knows, maybe Geekdom needs a Houston branch!

  • San Antonio Joe

    @Sara – Thanks for the comment. I agree that people do and should leave the city for greater opportunity; leaving because they feel there is “nothing going on,” however, feels a little hollow to me.

  • http://kryst.yelp.com Krys Theilen

    Fantastic piece!! I was admittedly very put-off by the write up on the Rivard Report. I also found it hollow and frankly, irresponsible. I was in the process of writing a rebuttal to send to Robert in hopes that he would also spotlight a real San Antonian with inside views on what makes this city of ours so absolutely incredible. I am quite literally in the business of celebrating all things local, as the Yelp San Antonio Community Manager I spend most of my time exploring the city and putting together events that highlight everything cool and local here. And you said everything I would have written and more. Very glad to see someone standing up for this city that is experiencing so much growth and culture it’s almost hard to keep up sometimes! I expect to see this article go viral (it has already begun) and you can certainly count on me spreading it around everywhere. Thanks again for such a well written piece!

  • http://www.bibisicorp.com Roell Vento

    Great Article. I recently moved to San Antonio and in the short time i’ve lived here, i can’t imagine living anywhere else…and yes, i’m a member of Geekdom as well ( shameless plug).

  • Richard

    My wife and I moved to San Antonio for work and a much lower cost of living. With everything you mentioned, you didn’t even touch on the sports scene. Sure, the Spurs are the only professional team in town, but the semi-pro teams are fun to watch as well.
    It’s all a matter of how much effort you are willing to put in to find out what a city has to offer you.

  • San Antonio Joe

    @Krys – Thanks for the comment; thanks for letting people know about all the great things that make San Antonio unique.

  • San Antonio Joe

    @Roell – I’m glad you are enjoying the Alamo City!

  • San Antonio Joe

    @Richard – You are right on; I can’t believe I omitted the sports teams (I am a sports nut myself). Getting to go to the Spurs, Missions, a recently added D-1 collegiate football team, hockey, soccer and arena football is definitely a plus. Thanks for calling that out.

  • Daisy

    Good article.
    But the writer left out the state of the education system, which is kinda disgraceful. My little sister lived on the east coast and then moved back to SA to finish high school(10th-12th) and she was so far ahead I feel like some shame should be attached. The only thing that is good about it is she gets to graduate as one of the top students. Also, my cousin goes to West Campus and they don’t have text books for the students.
    I’m a 6th generation San Antonian, and I left so my future children would get a good education(Ivy League)and for a career that just isn’t offered yet in SA. I know people will say something like “educate your children yourself” but that isn’t reasonable because I’m not an Ivy League graduate, so my influence could only go so far.
    I also hope the city gets more forward with solar power and recycling.
    Don’t get me wrong I love San Antonio and miss it but I was always an outcast.
    Lastly, I’d like to mention that both the valedictorian and salutatorian of my class left SA and my sister is making plans to leave also. I’m not saying this is the norm but it really needs to be looked into with open minds and not let emotions get in the way. I read both articles and agreed with them both.

  • Diosdado

    Want to meet people while playing sports and drinking? San Antonio Sports and Social Club offers flag football, kickball, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, indoor volleyball, and dodgeball. There are also coed softball leagues with the city and Time Warner Park. Sand volleyball at Time Warner Park, Fatso’s, and Sideliners.

    Other great clubs to meet adventure minded people in San Antonio include YAP Club and Adventure Club.

  • Bobby Flores

    People often forget to mention we have a flourishing bike community. We have many streets with bike lanes and bike avenues. There are many monthly meet-ups for riders of every level. We have monthly frankenbike/bike swaps, and there are many places you can go see and people you can meet on a bike ride around downtown. Considering its fairly flat from the Mid-Town (SAC area) to Southtown and points beyond. You will find yourself sharing the road with cyclists all along the way. The success of the B-Cycle program gives you a glimpse of how bike friendly San Antonio really is. It seems like every week they are adding a new station to the system. Also many Via buses have bike racks to encourage riders to use a bike on their commutes. Cycling makes getting to events downtown stress free when I don’t have to search for parking.

  • San Antonio Joe

    @Bobby – totally agree; I have just moved down to the Brackenridge Park area and am looking forward to not only riding in the park, but also downtown.

  • Chuck
  • San Antonio Joe

    @Chuck – Yeah, I’m familiar with the Fl!ght guys original intent of the bumper sticker, however, I think some people (many people) in fact use it as a way to say “San Antonio IS lame.” Just my $0.02.

  • reba

    Maybe some of those people who keep moving to Austin will read this and want to move to San Antonio instead. Please take all our Californians and New Yorkers.

  • http://amatourist.blogspot.com/ Amatourist

    I like this response a lot. Callie’s piece was high on diagnosis but light on cures. But I’ve got one for you…

    We’re throwing a party for the San Antonio Public Library Foundation on Cinco de Mayo/Derby Day (“Cinco de Derby”) with hopes to get some good folks together for a great cause. Cocktails by Ocho, food by the Monterey, cold beer, live bluegrass.

    It’s come one, come all until space runs out. Hope y’all can make it. Invitation below…


  • 5monkeez

    It’s great to see that SA is showing signs of growth and energy. We lived there for a few years and made some wonderful lifelong friends.

    Let’s be willing to admit though that the career opportunities still have a ways to go. After ATT left town, major cred left with it (this has nothing to do with the company’s products). After the very few large employers in town (Hello USAA, Rackspace, Valero, Toyota?), there’s not much left until the start-ups. SA lacks a strong mid-size business community that fills the gap in some other cities. If anybody reading this has connections, see if you can help attract larger business to town. When I attended a SABJ luncheon in 2009, the largest employers in town were construction companies and car dealerships.

    Speaking of connections, SA must commit to a bigger airport. Business travelers don’t like connecting through Dallas or Houston. Give us better choices for coast-to-coast flights.

    SA will always be special to us, and it’s great to see all this civic pride.

  • D_M

    I think your philosophical outlook is optimistic, but the majority of my friends that have moved (or expressed wanting to move) have justifiably become pessimists. The demands of upcoming generations is drastically different than previous generations, and this city is barely moving in a direction that will meet those needs.

    Here’s a short list of demands and new ideas for our city and the things that will keep them from maximum fruition.

    Development for Downtown Living—
    *No Grocery Store
    *No Daily Produce Markets

    Bike Lanes—
    *Don’t connect to other major thoroughfares with bike lines
    *Used for parking (violators not cited)
    *Used as turning lanes
    *Occupied by SWMD bins
    *Cluttered with road debris (nails, gravel, glass…)

    *Busses can only carry 2 bikes
    *Busses are the only form of mass transportation
    *The majority of bus stops are uncovered
    *Enforcement of no-smoking bus stops is non-existant
    *This city can be painful to commute through without a personal vehicle
    *Streets and sidewalks are in terrible condition year round

    *San Antonio has a large population of binge drinkers
    *Almost all the Bars and Clubs have PARKING LOTS for the patrons’ CARS
    *”Ticket brokering” aka “scalping” is legal
    *Do we really need more one-of-a-kind mexican restaurants?
    *Is the demographic moving to another city looking for more luxury restaurants?

    And on and on and on… It’s obvious that we’re lacking. To have these problems corrected aren’t lavish. These problems reflect a half-assed city with a long way to go, and the people who want to try Austin or some other city are letting us know with their interest in living somewhere else. You can’t blame them. There are creators and there are consumers. Not everyone wants to make the best out of their city or expand their tastes into other interests—they just want it done for them. If it’s not there, they find opportunity elsewhere.

    I’d rather create than consume so I’m staying in San Antonio in the long run, but one thing that Ms. Enlow explicated was how other cities encourage creation by the citizens, and I think San Antonio is self-governed in a way that makes it very hard to do just that. When I drive on Flores and see dozens of closed buildings, I can’t help but to want to explore a place that keeps slumlords from hoarding ever-dilapidating properties and says, “Here, YOU make your community better.” If the antithesis to S. Flores is the placeless geography of the north side, what argument is the city making to keep anyone here?

    /rant — I’ll take responses and continue. :0)

  • http://andthatiswhatheshesaid.blogspot.com Val

    I am going to post a link to this article. It is well written, and speaks to a lot of what I love about San Antonio! Especially the hole in the wall restaurants!

    Also – I love the green belt – all the parks and beautiful nature areas that San Antonio is developing.

  • ImisSA

    As a native of SA who now lives away I sadly agree with everything written in Enlow’s article. I spent my late teens/early twenties in South Town during the mid-nineties and even then we were “always on the cusp of something great” or change was always “just around the corner” if we work hard and hold on. I finally had to take off because it wasn’t happening fast enough. Now when I come home to visit, some things have definitely changed but so much is still just the same. (most unlivable thing about SA: Horrid public transportation– and yes, I took it regularly when I lived there and never owned a car. Sure you may be able to drive reasonably easily around town but this argument misses the point: urban dwellers typically don’t want to drive AT ALL). Fifteen years later, while so many other national-class cities have truly grown up and are verging on world-class poor San Antonio is still only state-class at best with a couple of forward-oriented pockets. It makes me really really sad because I would love to move back… But I’m certain I never will. The plethora and variety opportunities just about anywhere else are far too appealing. Maybe when I retire…

  • http://twitter.com/JMattHicks JMattHicks

    I’m born and raised in San Antonio and currently living and working in the SF Bay Area. I haven’t read Enlow’s article, but I read yours, and I appreciate you “repping” for San Antonio like that.
    Personally, I initially left San Antonio because I had to. I came back to SA after college in Tennessee, got hired into the AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service) Management Training Program at Ft. Sam Houston, and after I completed 3 months of training I was permanently relocated to Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, LA. After less than a year there, I moved to the Bay Area. Why? The opportunities.
    And to be perfectly honest, it’s not just San Antonio, it’s the South in general. If you want to be a PR pro, get into the tech field, social media, etc., the South just isn’t the best place for it. Can you do it? Sure, but it’s tough. VERY tough. I learned that first hand out of college.
    The Bay Area has it all (and you pay for it in cost of living): jobs of all types, beaches, urban cores, easy to meet people, shopping, skiing, hiking, etc. I leave Shreveport for SF instead of SA because I simply couldn’t find the same opportunities there to do something huge, like help get a start-up off of the ground (maybe even start my own). It’s not impossible to do that in San Antonio, or Nashville, or Atlanta, but the resources and opportunities out here just make it so much easier and accessible.
    I will say this though: I miss San Antonio like nobody’s business. There’s no place like it and I can’t wait to get back when the time is right.

  • http://saflavor.com/ pinojo

     @JMattHicks Thanks for the comment man (and for also checking to see that I installed Livefyre – I was having issues then upgraded my WP to the latest version today and it worked fine – I love your plugin). I totally understand leaving for opportunity, just not necessarily those who leave because “there is nothing to do…” Glad to hear you are reppin’ the Spurs out in the Bay!

  • Jess16

    It’s interesting because I have friends who come from California and the kids are so far behind in school.

  • MarleyDiehl

    Great piece in response to the Rivard Report’s article. I am a 5th generation San Antonian. I left for 12 years for college, grad school, and to see the rest of the country. Yes, San Antonio is a little behind in some areas, but I’ve lived in New Orleans and Atlanta, two places in the south where people are supposedly warm and friendly…and I have found just the opposite. There is nowhere else but San Antonio (as the old tag line went) in terms of the kindness and friendliness of the people and the long history and culture. If you stay in the ‘burbs you could be living anywhere USA. To understand this city one must stay inside Loop 410 in my opinion… Finally, I think you are misinformed on the concept behind the “Keep San Antonio Lame” campaign. Here’s how it came about from Aaron Forland, local artist: http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/keep_san_antonio_lame/ It’s about celebrating San Antonio “as it was always meant to be a jab at austin’s “keep austin weird” as well as an ironically loving tribute to san antonio.”

  • http://saflavor.com/ pinojo

     @MarleyDiehl Thanks for your comment! I am familiar with the origin of “Keep San Antonio Lame” stickers and the intent behind it (I’ve been a patron of the Benavides Framing (where Fl!ght is located) since I came to SA). However, it has been a long time since that piece was made, and many of the people who have come across the stickers in present time (in my opinion) have a different intent/outlook than that of the original creators. Just my $0.02.

  • http://twitter.com/JMattHicks JMattHicks

     @pinojo Ha ha gotta represent! Lord willin’ I can be back in SA soon…I need my Taco Cabana, Whataburger, Lupita’s, Rosario’s, and Mi Tierra fixes!

  • The Man Dont Give A Fvck

    Bla bla bla, you gonna cry about this all day or what?

  • The Man Dont Give A Fvck

    Articles like this, from someone not even from here, belong in Austin.

  • HaileyMcCarrey

    While this article makes a valiant attempt at outlining the possibilities San Antonio should offer in the future, it does not seem to be self aware enough to realize its own faults. San Antonio has gone through a plethora of movements and has had many moments of “being on the cusp of greatness” while never achieving its potential. Most of the improvements which you have referenced in this article are cosmetic and do not connect with the full life of the city. Your annoyance with those who have “Keep San Antonio Lame” stickers is misplaced: the K.S.A.L. movement is one which was centered around San Antonian’s who were rejecting the quick gentrification models that have made other cities like Austin and Brooklyn extremely popular and thereby very expensive. San Antonio is in the middle of a fiscal boondoggle: it is rapidly gentrifying areas like the Pearl Brewery and what wasn’t brought up to speed in Southtown in the early parts of the last decade at the expensive of citizens who are living in poverty and lower-middle class housing. It is also being done in a way which is “exterior motivated”, with no major changes to infrastructure or long term models for complete development. The rush to downtown is one that is theoretical and untested, as are the projections for employment growth. Basing a city around tech companies is as secure as basing a city around the auto industry: it is good in the long run, but does not create a lasting economic situation.
    Take the Blue Star, for instance: while it is adding businesses, long term galleries have cut their connections to the complex. It is no longer the flourishing and viable art institution that it once was. The King William district has, as a result of its popularity and wealth, almost completely ruined First Friday, the only important art event this city has ever had. While Beacon and Tobin Hill are both trying to start their own fledgling art walks, there is little to indicate that they will be successful. San Antonio’s desperation for quick success has not led it to make sound long term plans. Even the construction of our new, hip buildings are not sustainable: in two decades they will fall to pieces and once again become low income housing. San Antonio restructuring has not started in the heart of Downtown with native San Antonian’s at the helm: the city has imported contractors and has not built local initiatives, but has funneled money into desperately misguided projects, like the new streetcar.
    San Antonio has horrible and entrenched education issues, a weak economy with lots of low paying jobs, and is leading the nation is urban sprawl. San Antonio is also the location of many food deserts, homelessness issues that haven’t been corrected (even with the advent of Haven for Hope), and no real promise of change outside of more construction and poorly built apartment complexes. One has only to look through the annals of the city history to know that the town has had waves of this promise of a better future.
    That being said, I have lived here nearly my whole life, and for some strange reason I love it terribly. But I am preparing to leave, as a lot of people do as well. A friend of mine who is now a filmmaker in Los Angeles and a native son once told me to leave and never look back: “The city is a vortex,” he warned me “it will swallow you whole”. A lot of people come back home from a bad foray into college, in need of a six month real and find the,selves unable to let go of their cheap rent and low expectations. I wish the city the best and I hope that I am wrong about my prognostications, but I doubt I am.
    Good luck, San Antonio, and good night.

  • http://saflavor.com/ gaheath

    HaileyMcCarreythanks for taking the time to write such a detailed response – I definitely appreciate it. First, I want to clarify that I completely understand the original intent of the Fl!ght guys with the Keep San Antonio Lame bumper stickers – I have been a customer of Andy Benavides for a while and have dropped in the galleries on occasion. I feel there is, however, a group of people who have sported the bumper stickers for the opposite reasons that the artists intended. Those are the particular people that I have an issue with.
    Since you are familiar with the Fl!ght guys, I assume that you are also familiar with how long it took to really get First Friday going until it became what it is today. Similar things can be said about Blue Star, and where you find issue with the exodus of artists I simply see it as a moment in the ever changing art landscape. This has been going on since the dawn of time: artists find an area that has cheap rent and a cool feel, the go there and create amazing things, the citizens are drawn into that area and realize how cool it is, people want to move there, rent creeps up and new establishments move in, the artists find the new next big place starting the cycle all over again. While oftentimes tenuous, I feel the relationship between developers and artists is symbiotic; Blue Star is no exception, nor is the latest hot spot in NYC.
    As far as the economy goes, since the big dip of 2008 our city has been well under the national average for unemployment (source: http://bit.ly/19kTowZ ). We were quite insulated from that economic downturn, with both jobs being readily available as well as home prices not crashing. Admittedly, there are some issues with education, but a lot of efforts have been underway to change the course. Love it or leave it , Pre-K 4 SA shows that there are people actively trying to change the educational outlook of the city. You can also see how a group of active parents transformed the Bonham Academy in Southtown, and my neighborhood principle at Lamar Elementary has an active base of mentors from both in and out of the neighborhood.
    Yes, the town has had initiatives that promised a better future in recent memory, and I feel that they have delivered. Cisneros’s Target 90 plan paved the way for Castro’s SA2020 initiative. I don’t think that there are many people who would deny that the city was in better shape after Cisneros left office (the grumblings of the Alamodome notwithstanding) and I feel that most will have the same sentiment when Castro leaves (the grumblings of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative notwithstanding).
    Ultimately, I believe San Antonio is not only on the right track, but that  in five to six years time it will be a destination that young professionals actively seek out. Affordable housing/warehouse space will bring an influx of artists and musicians that will create a dynamic culture that coupled with our mostly bearable climate (minus the summers) will attract and retain talent for local and Fortune 500 businesses to hire.
    The writing is on the wall, and the best is yet to come.

  • EmilyAnn9790

    I find this post to be very interesting, having just moved to San Antonio! I am working on my master’s program in social work and am currently working on a project analyzing the area of 78224 and the social problems present.  One of the issues we are investigating is “Why do people feel they need to leave San Antonio, or specifically the 78224 area, to succeed?”  If anyone is from the 78224 area and would be interested in giving their insight on this topic via in person interview, PLEASE feel free to contact me! DJK658@MY.UTSA.EDU 

    Emily Ann

  • Lisa

    LOVE San Antonio and love your blog. Did PR for a number of SA events, figureheads and yes, the campaign to promote SA’s downtown. But I had to leave for reasons outside of SA’s culinary landscape and new residential developments and B cycle. Simply put, San Antonio is growing too slow economically. I moved to Houston to increase my earning potentially and did so successfully, but let’s face it – I miss SA! I plan on returning one day, but for now, I am working in a top 5 market, learning and growing professionally and getting paid in a way that matches my skills. SA is a beautiful, friendly and wonderful city and is just now catching up to the offerings of bigger metros. I just wish the business landscape had more to offer.

  • Lisa

    Amen. I moved to Houston to continue my PR career and I’m baffled how almost TOO EASY it was to ask for my salary and have it just granted, no questions. I would love to see SA attract bigger companies that offer high paying jobs. Until that happens, I will be here sweating things out in the humidity but saving up a nest egg in a way I never could in SA. :) Gotta think about my future.

  • Lisa

    It’s true. Cosmetic stuff is great….but it won’t keep successful ambitious people forever.

  • Aquaria

    The bus service is the worst in the nation. Everything is funneled through downtown, and anything outside it has service that is worse than lousy You cannot get a bus outside the loop after 8:30 p.m. in most areas outside downtown. EVER. Most of the city has no Sunday service, and anywhere you have to go that’s not downtown will take you over an hour to get to–if you’re lucky.

    To get from, say, 1604 and I-10 area to Perrin Beitel and Thousand Oaks, you WILL be on the bus for two hours, because you have to go through downtown to get there. Oh, you could take a bus, hook up with the 550/551 that goes around 410, and then try to catch the bus going up Perrin Beitel, but I promise that you WILL have to sit on an uncovered bench for about, oh, 40 minutes waiting for the 550 connection, and then you get to wait for the connecting bus, too, probably 10 minutes, but that’s still 50 minutes of waiting for buses, to get somewhere that should only take one hour, max, to get to with any halfway competent bus service.

    And don’t even try to say that I’m making any of this up. I used to have to deal with the NW to NE (and back!) hassle day after day after day after day.

    The 1604 and I-10 park and ride is the worst, ever. The service is abysmal, it doesn’t even start service until well after 5 a.m., the scheduling to and from it is insanely stupid, the wind will nearly tear your head off, anytime it rains there are huge pools of water then filthy mud in the “pools” for WEEKS after, it’s filthy, nobody has painted the parking lot since, oh, 2001 at least–

    Do you want more? Because I can provide more.

    VIA is so horrible that they have a route running out to Northwest Vista from the 1604/I-10 “park and ride” (the ONLY park and ride in the city that isn’t in a building with climate control, bathrooms, vending machines and information kiosks). Classes at NVC start as early as 6:30 a.m. Guess what time is the earliest that you can get there on that particular route?

    Go ahead. Guess.


    It’s a service that GOES TO NORTHWEST VISTA. That is its purpose, and it can’t even do that right.

    VIA is simply unacceptable, and don’t pretend that it’s not.