West Side

Jack Morgan

On the west side of San Antonio is a museum without walls. Many say the exhibit brings a sense of pride and history to that unique part of the city.

Jack Morgan / Texas Public Radio

A city commission voted Wednesday to approve the demolition of the iconic Malt House on San Antonio’s West Side. The restaurant is a designated historic landmark with countless longtime fans, but that probably won’t stop a 7-Eleven from popping up in its place.

The Malt House drive-in has been a popular gathering place since it opened in 1949. At a Historic Design Review Commission meeting Wednesday, residents argued that bulldozing it would be a devastating loss.  

Paul Flahive

The Royal Jesters, Henry and the Kasuals, Rudy and his Reno Bops, Sonny and the Sunliners, these are just a few of the many bands that defined a genre known as Chicano Soul or the West Side Sound. Mixing Doo-Wop with horns and Soul, the music filled the dance halls, garages, and households of San Antonio's West Side through the 60s and 70s.

Doo-wop harmonies, lovelorn lyrics and soulful horns came together to form a fresh sound in the early ‘60s to mid ‘70s on San Antonio’s west side. Described by Fresh Air as being “among the least-known music scenes ever to thrive in America,” the sound was truly multiracial and multicultural.

Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

Bus shelters may seem like a mundane place for art. But as I found out, not if you’re in San Antonio.
They are bright red, green, orange, purple and pink. And there's a reason for that.

“This is seen as a gateway to this cultural corridor, this district,” said San Antonio Public Art Manager Jimmy LeFlore.

“These different bus stops are a point of departure and a point of entry, and now, with the artists designs, which we’re dedicating today, it really celebrates the arts in this area,” LeFlore said.