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.
More than 200 local residents packed the Institute of Texan Cultures on Tuesday evening at a visioning meeting for the new Hemisfair. They were asked to enter their suggestions for features at the corner of Market Street and Alamo, near the Torch of Friendship.
Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair Park Redevelopment Corporation, said that corner will be the large open space that becomes the front porch of San Antonio.
The City of San Antonio received four responses to its Request For Information from possible grocery store developers in the downtown area.
The city wants to populate downtown with young, urban dwellers with modern careers and lifestyles, who use alternative transportation rather than driving expensive, polluting, gasoline-powered vehicles.
But there is currently a fundamental obstacle to living in downtown--residents have to travel if they want groceries.
The first report card for San Antonio's goal-setting and transformation program, known as SA2020, has been released and city leaders will be pleased that many areas are making progress, but there is still work to be done.
The report ranked progress on each line item with one of five marks:
Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the United States are in Texas, but among those eight, it may come as a surprise that San Marcos is leading the charge, with a 4.9 percent rate of growth.
San Marcos had the highest rate of growth between July 2011 and July 2012 among all "large cities" in the U.S. (defined as cities and towns with at least 50,000 people). They made the list by the skin of their teeth, barely cracking the mark with a Census Bureau population estimate of 50,001.
The city has begun a major "complete streets" project on Villaret Boulevard, which spans east and west on the city's Southside.
Once completed, the $7 million project will double the width of Villaret Boulevard the length of Palo Alto College, a drainage system will be installed to prevent flooding in future storms, and there will be lighting, curbs, sidewalks, and bike lanes.
These improvements are needed to keep up with continued growth of Palo Alto, as well as housing and industry locating in that part of town.
The City Council has voted to sell land it no longer needs so that it can be redeveloped into shops and businesses.
The location of the land is on South Zarzamora, where the service center that houses public works, fire and solid waste departments will close this summer. A new service center, currently under construction, will open up at West Commerce and Callaghan Road.