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Old 02-25-2014, 05:46 PM
 
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Just some observations here. I live in the East Village subdivision in the Eisenhauer/Midcrown or Rittiman/Castle Cross area (depending on which road you know, I prefer Rittiman coming home, Eisenhauer in the mornings though :P )
Anyway, I wanted to talk about the gentrification that seems to be occurring in this area. When I moved in with my parents to a house in Windcrest I was so happy, a beautiful house with tons of room and a pool...however it was no secret that this side of town was rough outside Windcrest. Windsor Park Mall was empty, as was the Target building, Albertsons, and one time we decided to check out what was down Montgomery Dr, only made that mistake once. However, that was 5 years ago. Things have changed and are continuing to do so. When they moved the majority of military medical care to SAMMC it brought a lot of new jobs to this area, as did Rackspace. And one of the tenants at the apartment complex I work at tells me Rackspace is planning to double its workforce. I've noticed Fairdale Apartments and Cobblestone Village are in the process of being remodeled (now The Parker and Stonehaven (I think). Wal-Mart is opening a brand new store on Walzem Rd, the YMCA opened up, Mervyns and Freedom Fitness opened up where Target was, and a whole host of new businesses are taking up the smaller storefronts that sat empty (Dunkin Donuts where the old abandoned Windcrest Veterinary was, Shipley's, Holmestyle Smoke & Grill...just to name a few). As I understand it, San Antonio's first In & Out Burger is slated to open on Walzem Rd as well. On Eisenhauer they're building new houses by the dozen, expanding Northeast Crossing, which surrounds my little area here just about completely. Something's being built on Rittiman between Fratt and Castle Cross but I have no idea what (feel free to chime in if you do) and as far as I know, Windcrest has big plans for Eisenhauer/I-35. Houses are constantly being flipped in my neighborhood, I saw a house sell for 37,500 and come back for 118,000, and it sold quicker than I expected it to. I'm hoping that this amounts to a revitalization of the Northeast side...my house was a craphole when I bought it but I've fixed it up better than anyone thought I would, and I'm not even done yet! I have no plans to leave this house but I would LOVE to see things improve around these parts, and if this gentrification could spread up Montgomery into Camelot II, The Glen, and Windsor Heights, that'd just about make my day! Do you guys think the Northeast Side can bounce back to what it once was, maybe even better?
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Not allowing section 8 housing is helping on the eastern end of walzem and Montgomery roads. I've heard the idea of housing incentives being kicked around rackspace. Meaning you get a bonus if you live so close to campus. The area has improved quite a bit from 10 years ago.
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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Now, after revitalizing Austin Hwy, the city is supposed to be focusing on Perrin Beitel, Nacogdoches, and Randolph Blvd. The new Walmart and Dunkin Donuts at Nacogdoches and Thousand Oaks is a start, but that's all I've seen so far. Maybe the Walmart will start bring in more businesses. They are already building a Whataburger (as if we need another one). The HEB on Perrin Beitel could be better. It's too small for the number of customers it serves.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:11 AM
 
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Default Glad to see things have turned the corner

I am very partial to the area, having spent 18 years of my life there. The area was VERY different back in the 70's-80's. It was a GREAT neighborhood. Even most areas around it.., were very youthful and very vibrant.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Brentwood
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I've always wondered why they call that area the northeast side of town. That seems like the east side to me.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:18 AM
 
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I've always wondered why they call that area the northeast side of town. That seems like the east side to me.
The city's massive growth to the north in the last few decades has made it more east than northeast, but it was definitely northeast when the area was developed.
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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If you look at a map, Windcrest is about as NE as Leon Valley is NW. Does anyone call Leon Valley the west side?
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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I've always wondered why they call that area the northeast side of town. That seems like the east side to me.
Because it's north and east of downtown.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:36 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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so this thread is turning into a lesson in semantics?
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:10 AM
 
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If you look at a map, Windcrest is about as NE as Leon Valley is NW. Does anyone call Leon Valley the west side?

Excellent point due west of the Windcrest area several miles is Leon Valley. The Windcrest area in the 1950's might have been the far northeast side and now it's Schertz but no matter how much growth takes place is still the northeast side.
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