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Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

The Alamo City is known for preserving historic sites like the San Antonio Missions. But there are also 27 designated historic neighborhoods where the desire to preserve is being challenged by the development of new condos and townhomes. 

This week our Growing Pains project is looking at how population growth and the economy are affecting housing.  For this report we visited one San Antonio neighborhood where development is bringing some welcome improvements but threatening tradition and raising taxes.   

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The median price of a home in the San Antonio area went up 7 percent last year to $192,600. 

In its annual housing market forecast on Thursday, the San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR) also said the competition for homes was so strong houses only remained on the market for an average of 59 days.

Shakira Crawford, a single mother in New York City, struggles to find a landlord who will accept her city voucher to pay rent.

For more on this report, visit WNYC's "The Long Way Home" series page.

Making Sense Of The Texas Housing Boom

Nov 4, 2015

Housing prices in Texas’s four major cities — Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston — are at record highs. John Nova Lomax, "Texas Monthly"’s senior editor, wonders whether Texas is the best market in the country these days or if it’s severely overvalued. 

From Texas Standard: In Olney, Texas, a family earns $227,709 — but they also receive taxpayer subsidies for rent. A new federal Department of Housing and Urban Development audit finds that 41 percent of families in public housing are making $10,000 more than the income cap.


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