San Antonio: Where Life Is Different

This 24-page booklet is undated, but it refers to the “new” San Antonio Coliseum. Since the coliseum opened in October, 1949, I’m guessing the booklet was issued in 1950, when the population of San Antonio’s urban area was about 450,000, of which 408,000 were in the city itself, nestled in 90 square miles. Since then, the population has quadrupled while the urbanized land area has hextupled.

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In addition to the coliseum, the booklet highlights the San Antonio River Walk, which was built just before World War II with local and WPA funds. The walk made (and still makes today) San Antonio much more livable during the hot summers when temperatures often exceed 100 degrees.


San Antonio: Where Life Is Different — 1 Comment

  1. Yeah, right. “Cooled by breezes for the Gulf”. There aren’t any cooling breezes in the summer. From June through September, the high is rarely below 90, and often more like 95. The low is rarely below 70 and, more likely, it will be 75. That wouldn’t be so bad except for the choking humidity. The combination will take you breath away when you go outside. I was in San Antonio on a job for three weeks in July where i was outside most of the time. It was about the worst three weeks of my life. The Visitors Bureau made it sound nice, and it is very pleasant in winter, but summer is murder.

    Speaking of murder, San Antonio now enjoys the unwanted distinction of having the highest murder rate in Texas. There are more driveby shootings than anywhere in Texas, and one of the highest rates in the country. The grandchildren and great grandchildren of those braceros seen harvesting oranges in one of the pictures have now more or less taken over the city, with only 27% of the population being non-Hispanic whites. They did not learn the lessons of hard work and education their forbears tried to teach them, and they are now the ones running the many gangs that plaque the city. This all started in the 80’s, a mere thirty years after this booklet was published. It only takes one generation for the slide to start, and then get completely out of hand,

    Regards, Jim

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