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by Benjamin Olivio
Below are the latest posts from the San Antonio Express-News blog on downtown. Click on the title to view the full post on the Express-News site.
Today, I wish to extol two news items that both are occasions for great civic pride and excitement.
The first: Men's Fitness magazine, in its upcoming March issue, has ranked San Antonio the 25th fittest city in the nation.
We've previously been branded one of the “least fit” cities. The less politically correct would say one of the “fattest.” And granted, the magazine ranks us at the very bottom of its list of 25 cities. So it's a tenuous achievement, I suppose, but a mighty one nonetheless.
The second news item: Whataburger is opening downtown on Monday.
HemisFair helped put San Antonio on the modern map in 1968. The World's Fair was a milestone in San Antonio's history.
HemisFair '68 was a huge success. In the years since the World's Fair, however, HemisFair Park's 93 acres have been vastly underutilized. “Our biggest failure was in not coming up with a strategy with what to do with the property after the closing,” Bill Sinkin, one of the HemisFair '68 organizers, told the Express-News in 1993.
Executive Chef Mark Bohanan—owner of Bohanan’s Restaurant and Bar, and creator of the first San Antonio Cocktail Conference—presented a check for $57,000 to HeartGift San Antonio to support two lifesaving surgeries for children from disadvantaged countries seeking heart surgeries at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. Cocktail Conference supporting business members SoHo Wine & Martini Bar, Ocho Lounge at Hotel Havana, The Esquire Tavern and Rio San Antonio Cruises joined Bohanan in the presentation.
Historically, every king needed a viceroy.
So it's appropriate that the King William area welcomes The Viceroy, a mixed-used development in the Southtown neighborhood that broke ground on Tuesday at the corner of West Guenther and South Flores streets.
The city of San Antonio's $596 million bond project
is packed full of projects city-wide. Around 80 percent of the proposed
bond money would go to projects consisting of streets, bridges, and
Don’t blink or you’ll miss a lot that is changing for the better in this city.
The redevelopment of San Antonio’s central city is gaining impressive momentum as anyone who has pedaled a bicycle down Broadway, through Southtown or along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River can testify. Put another way, a whole lot of vision seems to be reaching the actualization stage.