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Community
9:23 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oldest Operating H-E-B Coming Down For Larger, Modern Supermarket

H-E-B's oldest store still in operation opened to enthusiastic crowds in 1945. Historians say buildings over 50 years of age must go through a review process before they can be torn down.
H-E-B

H-E-B plans to tear down its oldest continuously operating store to make way for a 21st century, high-tech supermarket. The nearly 70-year-old store on Nogalitos Street just north of Hwy. 90 was called “the store of tomorrow” when it opened to crowds and fanfare in 1945.

H-E-B spokeswoman Dya Campos said the mid-century grocery store employed all the latest innovations and advantages of the day. But the new supermarket will occupy two levels of retail space, with escalators to carry customers and their shopping carts up and down and to a parking area below.

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The Alamo
10:39 am
Wed January 15, 2014

City Seeking Input For Alamo Plaza Master Plan And Re-Interpretation

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The City of San Antonio is calling for a master plan for a re-interpretation of Alamo Plaza. Last fall, members of a panel met in an lively debate at UTSA about the future of the Alamo and Alamo Plaza. Diverse groups were outspoken about the issue.

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal said ideally many entities will be involved with the goal of giving the Alamo a more appropriate presence and scope in the center of the city.

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Local History
3:56 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Conservation Society Seminar For Teachers Covers Local/Alamo History

Historians say people often don't understand that the Alamo was present before downtown San Antonio built up around it.
Eileen Pace

The San Antonio Conservation Society is taking reservations for its annual seminar for school teachers to earn education credits. The class is open to teachers of all subjects in Bexar County and surrounding counties.

This year’s teacher education seminar is titled History - Hijinks & Haunts: The Treasures of Alamo Plaza.

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The Source - December 2, 2013
4:36 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

The Source: Clamping Down On Political Money | Main Street Closure Still Controversial

Karl Rove.
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In the first segment:

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Downtown Development
10:20 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Eight Arrested Trying To Halt KWEX Univision Building Demolition

A second group of people were arrested for trying to halt demolition, bringing the total to eight.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Complete Wrap (11/13): Within minutes of Judge Janet Littlejohn’s decision to dissolve a restraining order that halted the demolition of the former home of Univision in San Antonio, activists took matters into their own hands.

As real estate developer Greystar was ready to restart the demolition, preservation activists Graciela Sanchez of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and Antonia Castaneda, along with two others climbed the fence of the demolition site to halt the work.

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Univision Demolion
5:52 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Hearing For Univision Building Destruction Pushed To Tuesday

Supporters trying to save the Univision building sit the court of Judge Richard Price.
Joey Palacios TPR News

There will be another day of court next week to resolve the dispute over the original building that housed KWEX-TV Univision in San Antonio. Much of the Univision building is already destroyed, but preservationists are hoping to save what they call the heart and soul of the structure.

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The Source - November 5, 2013
1:42 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Source: Univision Building Comes Down...Kinda | The Lessons Of West, TX

Joey Palacios/TPR

In the first segment:

Early this morning the Westside Preservation Alliance obtained an injunction against developers wanting to destroy an aging downtown TV studio.

After a city board declined to overturn a Historic and Design Review Commission decision, demolition began on the site of the former TV station, KWEX. Greystar Properties has stated their intention to build condominiums on the site. 

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Community
10:05 am
Fri June 28, 2013

San Antonio Conservation Society Elects First Architect As President

Old Joske's building recently under discussion for addition of 26-story hotel

The San Antonio Conservation Society has elected Sue Ann Pemberton to be their new president for the next year, the first architect to serve as the organization’s leader.

The San Antonio Conservation Society was founded in 1924 and is one of the oldest preservation groups in the country. Sue Ann Pemberton is its first president with professional experience in preservation in San Antonio and Texas.

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Arts & Culture
9:13 am
Wed May 15, 2013

21st Century House Museums Lead National Historic Preservation Month

The front of the Edward Steves Homestead.
San Antonio Conservation Society

May is National Preservation Month, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation is asking communities to think of creative ways to engage the public.

San Antonio is doing that with a seminar this weekend on Historic House Museums.

The National Trust has several suggestions for how to be a preservationist, such as:

  • Go ghost-hunting
  • Look up at second stories
  • Touring a house museum

Conservation Society president Nancy Avellar said they are trying to help some of the museums move into the 21st Century.

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