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Old 12-02-2010, 12:35 PM
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I agree TR that Section 8 plays a primary role in the local situation. The process of gentrification will also turn many of the former areas some of these people lived in, fix them up, then make the price of rent too high for lower class people to continue to live in them. So the poor have no choice but to move out to the suburbs. This happened to a small degree at the Victoria Courts though some of the units there are still subsidized but most are not and can be rather pricey.

Of course this is happening at a more rapid pace in places like Bed-Stuy than in the inner-city of San Antonio. In Europe, Paris for example, the poor totally live in the suburbs while the affluent live in the city proper, a total reverse of the traditional American setup.

Section 8 though is not solely behind what is happening locally. The job market, unchecked rapid growth aka sprawl, and other factors are going to contribute. The city council does not have to approve every new development but some are in good with property developers. They do not have to offer a tax abatement to every industry from call centers to tourist attractions (including hotels) that only offer low wages. Our own local government also contributes to this situation.

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Old 12-02-2010, 12:47 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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I live in the Heritage Subdivision (Potranco & Dugas) near the Duck Pond. I'm in a cul de sac and it is extremely quiet. There is a home that is being rented out by Section 8 (I saw a SAHA employee meet with the family living there one day when I was outside) and just by looking at it didn't know it was overseen by Section 8. Some folks keep up their homes and some don't.
I would welcome something like Potranco Market with the addition of a crossover close to the shopping center so drivers can cross over onto the opposite side of 1604 with having to go through Wal Mart and Potranco outside of 1604. Also, I would rather see Potranco Market with less stores. Costco, Movie Theatre, Planet Fitness and a few stores but I think adding more nail/spa or cell phone locations are unnecessary.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:20 PM
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I can't think of any shopping center project in the city that was underway or started in the last 5 years that has been completely built out and leased out. The prominent examples that come to my mind are Alon Market, The Rim and the Legacy center. Lots of empty spaces in each of those. Those illustrate the current doldrums in commercial retail development.

The only success story that comes to mind is the most recent phase of The Shops at La Cantera. If it's not fully leased out, it's awfully close to it. There aren't many empty spaces in The Shops development, but it might be a special case because it's at the top of scale in this market.

It's just not a good time to launch a new shopping center that isn't upscale.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:15 PM
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The "Sarah Palin effect" ????
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