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Old 05-18-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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The problem with San Antonio is that this city does not have a lot of "corporate jobs", at least not enough compared to the other large cities in TX. Less corporate jobs translates into less young professionals wanting to move here. San Antonio does have a smaller population of young educated professionals than it should have considering its total population. With that said, generally speaking SA does not cater to this demographic and this why many young educated people do not like living here in SA.

I have met TONS of people both transplants and natives who want to move out of SA as soon as possible. There are a lot of people who do complain about living here and I don't blame them either. Many are here for work and will leave once the economy picks up. I think SA is a great place to raise a family but it does lack the hip/cool factor that other large cities in TX have. Many of those complaining about living here, complain because they want to see and experience what they had back home (transplants) here in SA and they will never be happy until they come to the realization that SA is different.

I moved here to get specific work experience and plan to move on to another city/company to gain experience because I work in a niche field and quite frankly SA does not cater to young educated professionals.
I don't necessarily disagree with much of your post. SA does have fewer white-collar jobs than Dallas & Houston (of course, SA's about one-third the size of DFW & Houston). And it's nowhere as "hip" as Austin, although there aren't very many cities in the entire country that are as hip/cool as Austin.

But I am curious...since I wrote about it in my response...what part of town do you live in?
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:34 PM
 
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I don't necessarily disagree with much of your post. SA does have fewer white-collar jobs than Dallas & Houston (of course, SA's about one-third the size of DFW & Houston). And it's nowhere as "hip" as Austin, although there aren't very many cities in the entire country that are as hip/cool as Austin.

But I am curious...since I wrote about it in my response...what part of town do you live in?
I live in Stone Oak, I dont know if this is the coolest part of the city but I chose to live here as I got a really good deal on an apt plus I am super close to were I work. Some of my coworkers are jealous of me because it takes them 25-30 mins to get to work while i live almost down the street from where I work.

This city is what you make of it just like anything else in life.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:42 PM
 
Location: South Texas
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The problem with San Antonio is that this city does not have a lot of "corporate jobs”. Less corporate jobs translates into less young professionals wanting to move here.
Ironically, SA actually has a good amount of corporations but they look elsewhere for talents and a lot of talents do not want to live in SA. In order to attract talents, SA has to offer something that would attract them to come. SA needs to turn the city’s perception and its old ways of thinking in order for the talents to want to relocate to SA. Until that happens, it is a catch-22 situation.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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I think SA is a great place to raise a family but it does lack the hip/cool factor that other large cities in TX have.
Cool City is overrated. Hip City is overrated. I have cool, hip wife and kids and that good enough...
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Ironically, SA actually has a good amount of corporations but they look elsewhere for talents and a lot of talents do not want to live in SA. In order to attract talents, SA has to offer something that would attract them to come. SA needs to turn the city’s perception and its old ways of thinking in order for the talents to want to relocate to SA. Until that happens, it is a catch-22 situation.
I am going to have disagree with you partially. SA does have its fair share of corporations but nothing compared to the other large TX cities. Even if a certain large corporation does have a presence here, it will usually stick its call center operations or other low level/low wage operations in SA. This city has a small town mentality which is not a bad thing but at the same time this includes a mentality where education is not stressed in the family so what you have is a city (generally speaking) that does not have high education levels thus corporations will not relocate to SA as this city does not have the right demographics of education/skill/talent to pull from. SA has one of the lowest levels of education in the country when you consider its size.

SA has a large population of Hispanics/Latinos/Mexicans, the Hispanic community is notorious for not stressing education in the home. Are there hispanics who go on to higher education? Yes. Compared to other races/ethnic groups Hispanics have a lot of catching up to do. I blame SA's low levels of education on its small town mentality and its large Hispanic population which generally speaking does not stress education in the home and thus SA has a large population of uneducated people which in turn does not entice corporations to move here.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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Cool City is overrated. Hip City is overrated. I have cool, hip wife and kids and that good enough...
you have proved my point exactly, SA is great for families but not so much for young educated professionals who want hip/cool in a city
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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you have proved my point exactly, SA is great for families but not so much for young educated professionals who want hip/cool in a city

You missed my point entirely. Are you hip? are you cool? if not, then why do expect the city to give that to you? If you are, that should be good enough...
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Schertz, TX
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From my experience... seems like either Vancouver, BC Canada or New York City would be better choices for a younger person.

But, sometimes we need to go where the career takes us... if we happen to land up in a "cool hip" city then great.

I certainly enjoyed my time in Vancouver where I lived downtown and was able to walk everywhere.
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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I live in Stone Oak, I dont know if this is the coolest part of the city but I chose to live here as I got a really good deal on an apt plus I am super close to were I work. Some of my coworkers are jealous of me because it takes them 25-30 mins to get to work while i live almost down the street from where I work.

This city is what you make of it just like anything else in life.
That's what I suspected. You're living smack in the middle of the most suburban/generic part of SA. It would be like living in Round Rock, or Plano, or Sugarland, and concluding that Austin, Dallas, and/or Houston don't have a "cool/hip" factor or attract young/educated professionals.

Clearly, you valued a "good deal" on your apartment over finding a great neighborhood to live in. And that's fine; people prioritize different things.

But the fact is that you live & work in suburban sprawl, and your experience is not going to be representative of San Antonio.

There's cool stuff here (albeit on a smaller scale than the other big cities in TX). But you're not gonna find it at the intersection of 281 & 1604.
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:56 PM
 
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Ironically, SA actually has a good amount of corporations but they look elsewhere for talents and a lot of talents do not want to live in SA. In order to attract talents, SA has to offer something that would attract them to come. SA needs to turn the city’s perception and its old ways of thinking in order for the talents to want to relocate to SA. Until that happens, it is a catch-22 situation.
You're incorrect. There are, literally, hundreds of thousands of people (of all stripes) that have moved to SA within the last decade.

And the city has changed, and is changing, for the better. But, as per normal, people like you would prefer to complain that we're not Austin.
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