East Side

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

VIA Metropolitan Transit recently won a Texas Preservation Award for its restoration of Ellis Alley, which was the first settlement of freed slaves in San Antonio. 

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San Antonio's east side has been targeted for development with special programs and a lot of interest. From City Hall to the White House - it seems there are some high powered champions pulling for the east side. So how are things progressing? What else needs to be done?

Guest:

  • Jackie Gorman, Executive Director of San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside, a nonprofit advocate for business, development, and growth on San Antonio's eastside.

From Texas Standard:

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced the latest cities to be designated "promise zones" this week. This is the second set of cities to take part in the federal program that seeks to reduce poverty and crime, increase economic and educational opportunities and attract private investment.

None of the eight announced this week are in Texas, but we thought this was a great opportunity to check in with one of the inaugural five.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

A day that was to see paeans sung to the economic development of the East Side, with the opening of Alamo Brewing Company’s new facility under the Hays Street Bridge, turned into an angry earful.

A small, but vocal group of people stood atop the bridge and only stopped chanting and yelling during the Pledge of Allegiance, and when State Rep. Mike Villarreal spoke. They continued to express their anger during the prayer and when speakers, including State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Mayor Ivy Taylor, took the podium.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Alan Warrick wants to be the next East Side San Antonio City Councilman. The businessman pulled in the most votes in the Nov. 4 election, but did not receive the 50 percent plus one vote needed for a victory.

Keith Toney, the current council appointee to the seat, following Ivy Taylor's switch from District 2 to the mayor's chair, came in second. A runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 9, with early voting from Dec. 1-5.

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