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Old 08-03-2006, 12:01 AM
 
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Jaded, my parents live near Leon Valley. He used to work at the University of Texas Health Science Center near there. There is several malls in the area, Westlakes Mall, Ingram Mall etc. I love going to Six Flags Fiesta in the northwest area in the summer! I am not going get into politics because honestly I could care less but my parents are democrats and have many democrat and republican friends there and it doesn't seem to be an issue with any of them what they are but maybe that is just us. I always say live and let live. Anyway, I wish you well on you move Jaded. I personally think you'll love San Antonio. You might rent for a year and just give it a try and if you don't like it, move somewhere else. I can't tell you to move to Austin. It is a nice city but everybody and their dog lives there and traffic is the worst in anyplace I have been including LA, ok, not LA, but REAL close, you get the picture!
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Old 08-03-2006, 12:20 AM
 
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Jaded, my parents live near Leon Valley. He used to work at the University of Texas Health Science Center near there. There is several malls in the area, Westlakes Mall, Ingram Mall etc. I love going to Six Flags Fiesta in the northwest area in the summer! I am not going get into politics because honestly I could care less but my parents are democrats and have many democrat and republican friends there and it doesn't seem to be an issue with any of them what they are but maybe that is just us. I always say live and let live. Anyway, I wish you well on you move Jaded. I personally think you'll love San Antonio. You might rent for a year and just give it a try and if you don't like it, move somewhere else. I can't tell you to move to Austin. It is a nice city but everybody and their dog lives there and traffic is the worst in anyplace I have been including LA, ok, not LA, but REAL close, you get the picture!
Thanks I LUVNM.

I'm not too political myself as we all have to live on this Earth...it just helps to know whether or not differences are accepted when considering a new place to live. From what I've read on other posts, including this one about San Antonio, I shouldn't have a problem just being me - as such, I will continue to respect others for just being themselves and feel good about San Antonio being a place where this mind set is welcomed!

Thanks again for the info.
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Old 08-03-2006, 02:41 AM
 
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I agree Jaded. You are welcome. Take care!
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Old 08-03-2006, 03:09 AM
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Location: san antonio - 210
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I would like to hear your definition of progressive however. If you mean that there is not a Starbucks, McDonald's or PF Changs in every city, then I think I'll be fine.
I don't even know if knew what he meant by "progressive."

It sure isn't about Starbucks or McDonalds, there's virtually one at every corner. And SA has two P.F. Changs.

Maybe he meant the car insurance... but SA has that as well.

Ok, enough joking.

You'll love San Antonio.
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Old 08-03-2006, 11:51 AM
 
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Jaded-

Just a couple of quick things:

One is that although people in San Antonio do seem to elect Democrats locally, generally they support the Republicans nationally. For example, in the 2004 election Bexar County (San Antonio’s county) voted 55% for Bush. Compare this to San Diego which was 53% and San Francisco which was 15%. So, I think you will find San Antonio slightly more conservative than San Diego in that sense. I used to live and work in Washington D.C. and trust me, San Antonio is a pretty safe Republican area.
You can find the data here if you’re interested: http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2004/

Second, when I used the term progressive, I meant the policies of the city in a whole range of subjects that are considered to be “liberal.” By this I mean in terms of tighter environmental regulations, dense zoning restrictions, “smart growth” regulations, granting city recognition of homosexual relationships, promotion of public transportation, etc. I have a feeling your definition of progressive is different because by most standards, San Francisco is probably one of the most progressive cities in the country. Anyway, I hope you get what I was talking about.

Finally, I hope I didn’t turn you away from San Antonio. It’s a nice place and I spent about 18 years of my life there. It has a very unique culture and the Riverwalk downtown is great. I just wanted to point out a few things about the city that some people don’t like. Everyplace has its positives and negatives. I think it is only fair to point to both, especially when many on here seem to only emphasize the positive.

Anyway, good luck! If you need any further information or advice, feel free to PM me.
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Old 08-03-2006, 12:06 PM
 
Location: N.W. Austin.
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Yes, there are traffic issues in the Austin area, but they're in no way comparable to LA or even Dallas and Houston for that matter! I'd be the first to admit that Austin needs improvement when it comes to traffic management but it's ludicrous to make that comparison.
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:23 AM
 
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Default Great Place

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Oh and NO earthquakes! I love that!
No earthquakes; no forest fires; no mudslides; no predatory real estate pricing; LOTS of affordable neighborhoods to live in; a great, if traditional zoo; the Riverwalk if you want to show your friends how you turn a drainage way into one of the greatest pieces of urban design in the country. A great and colorful history that we celebrate every day. Life is easy and informal; pretense is not a civic virtue here, although we have our share of McMansions. The three billionaires I personally know, shop with their wives at a local grocery store and put their pants on one leg at a time. Good luck. San Antonio is a great spot.
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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San Antonio isn't that conservative if at all.

Maybe San Antonio historically but not now.

Heck, our current Mayor Phil Hardberger, who is probably one of the most popular in SA history atleast tied with Henry Cisneros, is a Democratic and is anything but "conservative.
City elections are non-partisan, if I'm correct. San Antonio is mostly Demo, but may have reduced in numbers over the years. However, Republican, or Democrat San Antonio by its definition is conservative, strong Catholic/Christian presence i.e. pro-life, institution of Marriage between a man & woman. The difference in SA is we don't judge each other.
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:42 PM
 
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Jaded,

I'm a transplant to SA from Chicago who has also spent years in California. In my opinion, everything that Irwin wrote is absolutely true. I've found San Antonio to be exceptionally conservative (and I have some conservative tendencies!!). For some reason, before I moved here, I refused to reflect on the fact that SA is in the Bible belt, and that it is in the South. Of course this seems obvious now, but somehow until you live it, it does not sink in. Make NO mistake about where you are moving...
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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I agree with Robert and Irwin. Look before you leap.
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