urban revitalization

The Source - January 14, 2014
1:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The Source: Cocktails On The Rise | Alamo Heights, A City At The Crossroads

Rosemary & Blackberry Bramble Cocktail.
Kris Kesiak Photography

In the first segment:

Yesterday Beam Inc., the company behind Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, was bought for over $13 billion by Japan's Suntory, another large spirit provider. But they didn't buy it because they love whiskey -- this is big business. 

Consumption of American whiskey was up so much in 2013 that a shortage was briefly feared, posting a 5 percent bump between 2011-2012 according to Tecnomic, an spirits' industry analyst.

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Alamo Heights
12:26 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Divisive Development In Alamo Heights Gets Limited Go Ahead

Overland Partners rendering of the proposed development at Broadway and Austin Highway. The approved permit would allow only a smaller building.
Overland Partners Architects

Last night the City of Alamo Heights met to discuss what one city councilor called the largest and most divisive project to come before their city council in years.

The developer, Alamo Manhattan, proposed to redevelop the tract of land at the crossroads of Broadway and Austin highway in what is to be called the Alamo Heights Gateway Complex.

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Community
12:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Beacon Hill Neighbors Recommend Zoning Change Request For Controversial Art Gallery

Residents cast their ballot on whether or not to recommend approval of a zoning change request. They overwhelmingly supported the request.
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.

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East Side Revitalization
10:48 am
Fri January 10, 2014

President Obama Elaborates On East Side Promise Zone Initiative

City of San Antonio

  President Barack Obama has selected five areas in the country to be "promise zones" designed to revitalize economically and educationally distressed areas. The East Side of San Antonio has been selected as one.

During a news conference, the president named the East Side specifically, pointing out that 40 percent of adults do not have a high school diploma and crime is 50 percent higher in that part of town.

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Eastside Revitalization
10:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

San Antonio One Of Five Cities To Earn Presidential Promise Zone Designation

District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor will learn more about the promise zone designation during a White House announcement Thursday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

On Thursday President Barack Obama will announce that San Antonio is one of five promise zones that will receive additional tools to help revive struggling and impoverished neighborhoods.

The other promise zone's are: Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The announcement by the White House means that the zones will get tax incentives and grants to help places like San Antonio's Eastside build better neighborhoods, residential areas and businesses.

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Transportation
4:32 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

City Taking Over Maintenance For Some State Roads In Limited TxDOT "Turnback" Deal

This year the city will take control of the stretch of Broadway from IH-35 to Alamo Heights.
Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio will be taking control of 21.8 miles of roads within the city that are currently owned and maintained by the state.

But to get to this point, city leaders placed strict conditional requirements on the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Beacon Hill
2:31 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Gallery Remains Closed As Neighborhood, Owners Make Their Case In Zoning Debate

Art gallery and design firm French & Michigan is closed until it can be properly zoned.
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.

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Downtown Development
4:53 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

1948 Deed May Snag H-E-B Plan To Close Main Avenue Downtown

City of San Antonio

Update (11/8): City officials and H-E-B both told the Express-News that they are aware of the newly-discovered deed, but don't see it presenting any problems for the plan to close Main Avenue.

H-E-B released a statement on the deed:

“It is our understanding that the grantor's rights were acquired by H-E-B as a part of the Arsenal property when it was purchased in 1982.

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The Source - October 29, 2013
3:04 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Source: Streamlining Health Information | H-E-B Downtown

Flikr.com User LTD Team

In the first segment:

Having all your health information at the fingertips of your doctors is more than just a useful desire, according to several recent studies it is an endeavor that would save time, millions of dollars per year to consumers as well as improve health outcomes.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and healthcare providers are required to implement a lot of changes in the way that medical records are accessible. Health information exchanges are being built throughout the country in counties and cities.

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Community
9:30 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Public Sees VIA's New East-West Streetcar Routes

Gus Martinez joined fellow residents in writing comments and questions about VIA's streetcar project on Tuesday, July 30.
Ryan Loyd TPR

VIA has officially unveiled a proposed streetcar route that would run east-west along the Market and Commerce Street corridors downtown.

The route, which also includes a Cesar Chavez option, was popular with many people. VIA’s Chief Engagement Officer, and former congressman, Charlie Gonzalez, said the plans knocked off the table now are routes VIA couldn’t ignore: one that passed the Alamo and another at Hemisfair Park.

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