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Old 01-29-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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I think this is a great question and I'd love to hear some of ya'll responses!

As posted elsewhere in this forum, San Antonio is often said to retain it's "small-town" feel throughout the city. But, what exactly is meant by this? Is it the people? The cowboy culture? Slower pace? The way things are spread out?

When one goes to Austin, although smaller than SA, this small town feel is lost.

So, what is it?
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:42 PM
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For me, it's the fact that almost everywhere I go, even way across town, I'll usually run into someone I know. And most of the time, they're friendly.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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personally, i think it's the slower pace --- there doesn't seem to be quite so much hustle and bustle --- i also think it's the way the city can come together --- what i mean by this is i am always amazed to see how the city behaves after the spurs with the championship --- everyone celebrates, walks the streets, high fives eachother, hoots & hollars, but no real drama, like in other cities --- no cars being overturned, no fires being started, etc...

also, the friendliness of people ... that is a good point sapphire ... i've been out of state to other cities and it's just not the same, nobody holding the door open, nobody smiling at anyone and saying "hi" --- for me it's second nature to hold the door open for people or to ask my cashier how their day is going, these are things that i didn't realize were so rare in other places...

those are just a couple of things that stand out to me...
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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Good points, guys!
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:45 PM
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For me it's a physical aspect as much as the friendly attitudes mentioned below.
I can drive 15 minutes in either direction and be somewhere totally different. I like being able to get downtown quickly without it seeming like it takes all day - even on a bad traffic day, it's easy!

Some won't like this, but I like that we don't have hi-rises. I like being able to look out and see past San Antonio as I'm driving around 410.

And to me, even my own little corner of the world has it's own "small-town" charm. I can walk to the bank, pizza place, grocery store, and other places without crossing a major highway.

While we are a mix of cultures, we have our own unique identity that brings us all together - that 'thing' that makes us hi-five after the Spurs win, or not shove each other into the River Walk during Fiesta!
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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the media (specifically radio and tv)- it does not have the "slickness" of larger cities.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:31 PM
 
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It could be the 2+ million living in the metro. The stacked interchanges, high rises, theme parks, and never ending shopping help out too. Wait a second... this doesn't feel like a small town at all .
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:45 PM
 
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I'll give you my theory about this,
this is based on what I saw living 10 years in a 15,000 people town in the Ozarks and then living in Kansas City and St. Louis.

San Antonio feels like small town = Very big middle class

I think San Antonio has a small town feeling because it seems like there's no a huge economic gap between the rich and the poor in San Antonio.
Seems to me like a huge percentage of people in San Antonio are middle class.

When I lived in the small town in the Ozarks it felt that way, too.
It seemed like most people were middle class and saw each other as being the same people.

In Kansas City & especially in St. Louis (a city made up of many small cities) you go somewhere and it seems extremely poor, some places seemed middle class, some other places were very high class and you feel out of place unless you spent at $1000 on the clothes that you are wearing.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:03 PM
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For me, it's the $20/meeting that it pays its city council reps.

In all seriousness, because this is the largest city I've ever lived in, I don't perceive a small town feel.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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For me, it's the $20/meeting that it pays its city council reps.

In all seriousness, because this is the largest city I've ever lived in, I don't perceive a small town feel.
Have you seen the mayors salary? It's a joke too. At least our city manager makes a pretty penny.
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