Beacon Hill

Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

Public art comes in many sizes, and is put in many places. One in particular fascinated me recently. You probably have seen it; it’s right in the middle of the road.

“The obelisk at Fulton and Blanco is actually part of an earlier bond program,” said city of San Antonio Public Arts Manager Jimmy LeFlore, talking about the 28-foot-tall, four-sided obelisk in the middle of the traffic roundabout. As LeFlore said, this public art aspired to an additional, unusual function.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

In an overwhelming vote in favor of a well-publicized zoning case in Beacon Hill, residents of the community just north of downtown gave their approval for an art gallery and design business.

The neighborhood vote Monday night is just another step in the process of re-zoning French & Michigan, which takes its name from the intersection at which it is located. The building is currently zoned as residential, but its legacy has been mostly as a commercial structure located just off Fredericksburg Road.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The intersection of French Place and Michigan Avenue is more than a location in the inner-city neighborhood of Beacon Hill, it also happens to be the namesake of an art gallery that's been embroiled in controversy over the zoning of the building.

The words "Casa de Tarjetas" (House of Cards) are written in red cursive outside the historic square,  paying homage to the building's former owner, local urban infill expert Jonathan Card.

Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

Beacon Hill is an eclectic neighborhood just north of downtown San Antonio. Victorian-style homes line the streets, but suburban sprawl attracted people away from the area, leaving many of those homes and parks in decay.

Now, Beacon Hill is on the rebound with a new playground and basketball court, helping to breathe life into the neighborhood.