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Old 11-27-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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SA is pretty cool at Chrisstmas. It's even cooler when you go to the west side and people have them up all year round. That's the real SA!
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:52 PM
 
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^^ in this case change is not so good when it cost so much. City has a huge Budget shortfall and are closing down rec centers and cutting jobs but yet there's extra money for new lights? That's what's really backwards about this city.
Actually, the change in lighting will attract more people, which will attract more money to the riverwalk businesses, which will boost the economy, so in this case change is good. All the people that may not have been going to riverwalk in the past few years will go because they are curious about the new look. many of them will spend money while in downtown. so the investment in the new lighting will pay for itself 10x over very quickly. I know if i owned a small business on the river, i would be ecstatic that the city did something different to attract more people to it.
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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I know if i owned a small business on the river, i would be ecstatic that the city did something different to attract more people to it.
I know if I was the guy that sold 'em all those new lights, I'd be estatic!!
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:53 PM
 
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Actually, the change in lighting will attract more people, which will attract more money to the riverwalk businesses, which will boost the economy, so in this case change is good. All the people that may not have been going to riverwalk in the past few years will go because they are curious about the new look. many of them will spend money while in downtown. so the investment in the new lighting will pay for itself 10x over very quickly. I know if i owned a small business on the river, i would be ecstatic that the city did something different to attract more people to it.

According to this article I don't think they will ever recoup and make money on this investment. Like stated before It was a waist of money and the city did not need to change anything.

Never mind site wont let me post the link...Just google LED WOAI it will pop up.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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did it change from what it used to look like....yes
are the trees covered in nets with the old lights....no

the tree trunks are now wrapped up in LEDs.
do I miss the old look? yes, but the new ones are certainly a cleaner/crisper look.
IMHO (cost aside), I think the upgrade to LEDs brought a new liveliness to the riverwalk. It doesn't seem that there are as many LEDs as there were the old ones, but that may just be my perspective.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:22 AM
 
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There is nothing wrong with preferring "the way it used to be" to "the way it is now". This is not a sign of anti progress, it's called choice.

Not all change is progress.

I vastly preferred the old lights; they had a classic look.
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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Maybe it's just me, but the old lights draping down from the trees were just so unique and classy. Now the Riverwalk just looks like the lighting in other cities. Actually, the tree wrapping looks a bit stilted, like it should have been extended more into the trees and not ended so abruptly. Again, maybe it's just me. You can google New York or Chicago Christmas lights and compare for yourself.

There is a slide show on KSAT's website for those who haven't been down there.

http://www.ksat.com/news/-/478452/47...p/-/index.html
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:04 AM
 
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I have to say that the new lights look very "cold" to me; not the same feeling at all. Change isn't always necessary-- or positive.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Actually, the change in lighting will attract more people, which will attract more money to the riverwalk businesses, which will boost the economy, so in this case change is good. All the people that may not have been going to riverwalk in the past few years will go because they are curious about the new look. many of them will spend money while in downtown. so the investment in the new lighting will pay for itself 10x over very quickly. I know if i owned a small business on the river, i would be ecstatic that the city did something different to attract more people to it.
Your post make me wonder if you are drinking the Koolaid or selliing it.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:56 PM
 
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Your post make me wonder if you are drinking the Koolaid or selliing it.
I know folks who own local businesses on the Riverwalk and they ALL have told me that these new lights have brought out even more people than in years past. Unless you yourself have a business downtown, you really don't know WHAT is going to result in profit. All three owners I know have been very happy with the early turn out so far.

The LEDs, although not everyone's cup of tea, will bring more money to Downtown business. And that's a good thing.




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