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Old 05-28-2008, 01:09 PM
 
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Downtown San antonio is nice...but it has not infrastructure to support the residences...there is no super target, no HEB, no best buy, no circuit city, no lowes, or home depot...but it has bars and clubs, and the river walk, and easy bus rides....what downtown needs is a light rail system to get around downtown or a water transit system using the river walk or both, a HEB (A HEB plus would work and a whole foods)....more movie theatres and more residental highrises. I think downtown will get all of this.


Now lets look at the Stone Oak area..(The SO)....it is largely self contained...it has a lot of offer...

Two major hospitals
A lot of doctors and dentist and eye offices and clinics (its the second medical center),
It has 3 HEBs (1 HEB plus with 1 more being built for a total of 2 HEB pluses),
2 super targets
1 Super warmart,
1 Home Depot,
1 Lowes
Many fine resturants, clubs and bars
Any kind of fast food resturant
3 Golf courses
1 Costco
Bookstores
Library
2 High Schools
4 Elementary Schools
Only 5 to 6 gas stations
Two Major freeways
Tesoro headquarters
Hotels
Churches
And houses areas all intertwined with most of them gated, some million dollar homes too...and some around $200k


I could go on and on.....but The SO is self contained...you only have to leave it to go to work. On the weekends you never have to leave the SO. You never have to leave the SO to go to a doctors appointment, to a club, to get food or gas....

People still want to live much further out than the SO like as far north as highway 46 up 281...but now since gas is $4 a gallon...people want to live closer to 1604 or inside loop 410 or even downtown...but most people do not work downtown...they work over in the north west side near USAA or at the miliitary bases...downtown is still an awesome place to live at since it is centrally located and traffic is good getting in and out of downtown...but the SO still has more infrastructure to offer its residents...and that is why some many people want to live there.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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good point. I have absolutely no use for downtown and maybe go there 3-5 times/year. I have my own little San Antonio that I live in and I stay in that bubble most of the time. It has everything I need and saves on gas actually..
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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I am perfectly happy with no Super Target Super Walmart Super BOX SHOP.

I would prefer a grocery store, not necessarily HEB, just some decent grocery store. Doesn't even need to be huge. I'd be happiest with a collection of specialist markets - eg green grocer, butcher, fish monger....
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:20 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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That's why we say...different strokes, for different folks.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:59 PM
 
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And my reason for prefering to live in the city, was that after living in the 'burbs for awhile, I figured I might as well be able to experience what made SA special. That is, in the 'burbs, I might as well have been in anycity USA. In town, I felt I was making the most of what it had to offer that made it distinct from everywhere else.

Maybe I wouldn't have felt that way if I was from SA. I never considered myself a significant 'urbanist' before (although I have always loathed commuting) but when I came to SA and the surroundings looked so much like everywhere else in terms of the same shops, the same restaurants, the same houses (in Indiana we called them "house farms"), I knew there had to be something more to SA. I didn't move here to find a place more like home.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:25 PM
 
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i don't understand why most of you call anything more than 5 miles out of downtown the burbs? even 1604 about 15 miles north of downtown is not the burbs, its within the city limit so any developments here in stone oak, lacantera, westover hills, etc, are still city development and not the burbs...
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:28 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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That's good. You did what you felt was right for you, as did we. I have no commute (never have) and my wife doesn't work. We wanted newer areas with more space, bigger homes and families similar to our own. We like uniform, neat look areas with HOA's to assist in keeping it this way (not worried about resale...as we don't have any money issues). We weren't interested in having all different types of people around us and really don't care if our house looks like everyone else's or not. Those are some of the reasons that we prefer the 'burbs.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:30 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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i don't understand why most of you call anything more than 5 miles out of downtown the burbs? even 1604 about 15 miles north of downtown is not the burbs, its within the city limit so any developments here in stone oak, lacantera, westover hills, etc, are still city development and not the burbs...
We're not in city limits. We're about 3 miles outside of 1604. I would say it's the 'burbs.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:33 PM
 
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i hope people who are very vocal on hating super target, super walmart, best buy, bed bath, etc... really mean it and not patronize any products/items at all... i wanna see where they end up shopping ...
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:35 PM
 
Location: San Antonio North
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