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"EASILY THE WORST CITY IN AMERICA"


EASILY THE WORST CITY IN AMERICA - 1/23/2010
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xavier
San Antonio, TX

san antonio is
1) top 5 in the nation for obesity
2) top 5 in the nation for teenage pregnancy.....
3) top 5 in the nation for railroad accidents with motor vehicles
4) top 5 mistreatment of zoo animals
5) extreme problems with pollen and cedar
6) extreme traffic congestion for no reason and traffic accidents
7) complete suburban separation from inner city
8) extreme racism towards hispanics
9) disparaging wage/salary gap for hispanics
10) extremely high property tax
11) bizarre oil formation on the highways and roads when it rains
12) overwhelming and extreme problems with illegal immigrants
13) extremely high property tax
14) high gang activity and high crime rate
15) the city is still under construction....it looks a mess!!!!.
16) la cantera and northstar mall filed bankruptcy
17) the first american cities with swine flu.
18) the hyatt downtown was built fraudulently and hasn't been paid for
19) Unusually large number of night club shootings
20) Unusually large number of apartment and house fires
21) One performing arts theatre with a very limited number
of performances
22) Job salaries are substantially lower than other cities
23) Extreme poverty
24) 2010's worst city for accurate public assistance distribution
25) Unbelievable high amount racism towards Blacks and Whites
26) Auto insurance is always increased substantially, due to the large number of car thefts and illegal immigrants that are uninsured
..............................SAN ANTONIO
SUCKS!!!!!!!!

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Klaire

re: EASILY THE WORST CITY IN AMERICA - 1/23/2010 - 2/3/2011
I'm already familiar with some of these, except number 8 really made me laugh. I've been living in San Antonio since I was 10, and I know for a fact that racism in this city is DEFINITELY NOT held towards hispanics. How is a city that is about 90 something percent hispanic going to be racist against its own people? Jobs here practically cater towards hispanics while ignoring other ethnicities. Blacks, asains, and even whites are more of the minority in this city. There's absolutely no diversity, and most native born San Antonians have never left the comfort of their own backyards, totally oblivious to the world outside of SA. I agree with Michael.


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Michael

re: EASILY THE WORST CITY IN AMERICA - 1/23/2010 - 6/23/2010
I'm not sure why San Antonio being racist towards hispanics is even on this list. How can that even be possible when Hispanic/Latino is the majority population??? San Antonio is at the top of the list for the worst city. Overpopulated, and it seems that hispanic/latino apparently don't care if they have the money to raise a child they will still have them, which is irresponsible and ridiculous. I don't trust anyones views or outlook on life if they were raised in a predominant hispanic/latino city because they are not well rounded. The city has the most horrible public transportation I've ever seen. I don't understand how some people get so much and they don't even have social security numbers... I could go on and on but the bottom line is, the city is horrible and fat as hell. Just sloppy ass folks all over the place.


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Michael

re: EASILY THE WORST CITY IN AMERICA - 1/23/2010 - 6/23/2010
I'm not sure why San Antonio being racist towards hispanics is even on this list. How can that even be possible when Hispanic/Latino is the majority population??? San Antonio is at the top of the list for the worst city. Overpopulated, and it seems that hispanic/latino apparently don't care if they have the money to raise a child they will still have them, which is irresponsible and ridiculous. I don't trust anyones views or outlook on life if they were raised in a predominant hispanic/latino city because they are not well rounded. The city has the most horrible public transportation I've ever seen. I don't understand how some people get so much and they don't even have social security numbers... I could go on and on but the bottom line is, the city is horrible and fat as hell. Just sloppy ass folks all over the place.


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Michael

re: EASILY THE WORST CITY IN AMERICA - 1/23/2010 - 6/23/2010
I'm not sure why San Antonio being racist towards hispanics is even on this list. How can that even be possible when Hispanic/Latino is the majority population??? San Antonio is at the top of the list for the worst city. Overpopulated, and it seems that hispanic/latino apparently don't care if they have the money to raise a child they will still have them, which is irresponsible and ridiculous. I don't trust anyones views or outlook on life if they were raised in a predominant hispanic/latino city because they are not well rounded. The city has the most horrible public transportation I've ever seen. I don't understand how some people get so much and they don't even have social security numbers... I could go on and on but the bottom line is, the city is horrible and fat as hell. Just sloppy ass folks all over the place.


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Steven

re: EASILY THE WORST CITY IN AMERICA - 1/23/2010 - 2/25/2011
According to the City and County data book (the most recent US CENSUS 2007) 61.2% of the population in San Antonio are Hispanic... Yes a majority. I blame most of the issues you guys are talking about on Education and Poverty level. I've read a study on how the poor have issues getting out of poverty. Look at Detroit and the crime vs. poverty/education/teenage pregnancy rates. I just read a article about how 1 in 4 births are from a teen mother in some areas of Detroit. This is not race that is the cause... it is Poverty/education level. It would be stupid of me to say Hispanics from San Antonio don't experience racism, but after reading some of these post I can most definitely say they suffer from Classism


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Abhd

re: EASILY THE WORST CITY IN AMERICA - 1/23/2010 - 7/15/2010
1) top 5 in the nation for obesity 2) top 5 in the nation for teenage pregnancy..... 3) top 5 in the nation for railroad accidents with motor vehicles 4) top 5 mistreatment of zoo animals .......when we do something we do it full on bro, we're winners what can I say. 8) extreme racism towards hispanics 25) Unbelievable high amount racism towards Blacks and Whites ....soooo then everybody is racist? sounds fair. 12) overwhelming and extreme problems with illegal immigrants ...didn't you just say something about "racisim towards hispanics"? 7) complete suburban separation from inner city ...isn't that WHY it's called a SUBURB? 17) the first american cities with swine flu. ..well if it started in south america and moved north it would make sence that SOUTH texas was hit first right? You wouldn't expect it to hit Chicago right after hitting the southern border right? 18) the hyatt downtown was built fraudulently and hasn't been paid for ...sshhhhh, we got it on the chep. stop hating 19) Unusually large number of night club shootings 20) Unusually large number of apartment and house fires ...compared to? 21) One performing arts theatre with a very limited number of performances ...blue star rocks! 24) 2010's worst city for accurate public assistance distribution ..."accurate public assistance distribution"..hmmm..starting to get the picture now.


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Bp

re: EASILY THE WORST CITY IN AMERICA - 1/23/2010 - 6/8/2010
We lived in Texas our entire lives and 25 years in San Antonio/Mexico. Every single thing you said was 100% accurate. We had to move away from Texas which is a place we used to love. If anyone wants to see the truth about San Antonio, just read www.mysa.com each day and look on that website for "crimebase" which will show you all the crimes taking place each day. It is a scary, scary place. There was an article released 5/2009 and the FBI rated San Antonio as the highest crime in the nation. Worse than Detroit. Live it and believe it because it is true. We were car jacked 2 times, had our house broken into 3 times in Sonterra and had 2 cars stolen. That is a lot in a short lifetime. Scary, scary place.


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javascript

re: EASILY THE WORST CITY IN AMERICA - 1/23/2010 - 6/22/2010
hi, where did you get your stats and info, or is this just opinion?


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Things are cheaper out west of the city but to me, around Loop 1604 and Braun, St Hwy 151 is too far out of the mid part of San Antonio. And again, you're on the Texas clay soil. Lots of people live everywhere but the mid/north part of SA is the best part of the city. With new and newer homes, shopping, etc in my opinion it's the best place to be. You are still central to downtown and other parts of the city. It has a nice vibe and I loved the weather. To me there is plenty to do, decent shopping, lots of Marshall's, TJ Maxx, decent malls, North Star is the oldest but the best with Dillards carrying higher end merchandise. For kids, you have the SA Zoo, which is very nice, the McNay and Witte Museums are standard staples of the city. pro basketball team, the Spurs, everyone bleeds black and silver. A couple of water parks, Six Flags in the NW part of the city, lots of lakes up north around Austin, very popular for tubing and boating. Natural Bridge Caverns is a short drive up I 35 North. I think the school systems are still pretty good, they were when I was in school there- most schools require uniforms which I think is a great thing. Utilities were low compared to other parts of the country, in my 2400 sq foot house, my air/heat was an average of about $175 a month. If you have a bigger family use more energy, like the air way down or the heat way up your bill will reflect that of course. Water is cheaper about $50 bucks a month, though there are droughts and water restrictions more and more through S Texas so water rates may start climbing. Groceries are decent priced or they used to be. HEB is pretty much the ONLY grocery store in SA. They corner the market there. You have Super Walmarts and Super Targets but that is it. No Kroger, no Albertsons, no Safeway, no United Supermarkets. Airport is easy to get in and out of and has good service. Okay for the negatives: BIG ONE. Very high property taxes. No one notices or thinks about property taxes until you move there and commit to buy a house. No state tax in Texas is a plus, but they get it out of your hide in property taxes. Houses in Texas are assessed at a higher, almost selling value. They run depending on in you live in SA or right outside of the city limit- about 2.9% within SA and about 2.5% outside of the city limit. If you buy a house for $200K you can count on about 3% being your tax- so that would be $6,000 a year, split that up monthly and it's about $500 a month tacked onto your house payment. Your house will be assessed close to what you bought it for, maybe a bit less since real estate has nose dived there. If you are over 65 years old you can get a cap on some of the taxes which saves a little bit. My house which was right outside the city limit was assessed for about $185 and was worth about $215K at the time- and with my moms senior cap, taxes were about $4100 annually. But if you're within the city and you're in a bigger, more expensive house, the taxes go right up. A $300K house will probably have taxes in the $9,000 range. Look up addresses in SA in the price category that you want to buy and go to Zillow, put in the address and look at the taxes. In some of the newer neighborhoods you'll see smaller amounts but it's only because the correct info hasn't gotten to Zillow. Also if you're outside of SA city limits, you may see only a small, like $1500 in tax amount, like what my last house showed, HOWEVER, outside the city limits you have to pay taxes for TWO counties and you can add on another $1,500 to that amount. For some reason Zillow doesn't count in the two counties tax structures. Though you pay for two counties, you still save a half percent because you aren't paying SA city taxes. This is important for people planning to move to Texas to know. Lots of military bases and lots of military retirees who retire at 40, move to SA and gobble up the jobs. In my opinion if they have retirement money coming in, they will/can take jobs paying less- which I think runs down the salary averages for the city. I work in a well known industry that should have plenty of jobs- but I had a tough time finding anything decent. There is a partiality to Hispanics and to the military. The jobs I got into were not good and didn't last long. Especially working with women- seemed to be very cliquish. Unless you were of that certain ethnicity you were the outsider. Others may not find that, but I did. That was reason I left for another big city out west. Even though SA is a BIG city, there is still a small town mentality with jobs- seems like you had to know someone to get into anything good. It is sort of a good ol' boys town- I think women are on a lower rung, that was part of the issue. SA still hasn't moved out of the 1970's on many accounts. 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Blanco Rd goes north and southeast through the mid part of town, but cuts off after downtown. McCullough down by North Star Mall, if you live in that area, will take you downtown, but nowhere else. All other side roads are clogged, congested and generally only go within a few mile radius, I call them 'local' roads that go nowhere. Traffic can be a mess at most times. One of the worst things about the city. There is just a huge lack of major roads to carry the traffic of 1.4 million people. There are NO parks in the city. I'm used to pocket parks, walking paths, small little lakes- nothing like that in SA. When walking or biking, you're stuck in your neighborhood. Neighborhoods there don't have neighborhood rec areas or parks. Just houses and sidewalks. Your neighborhood may have a pool and small play area, but that will be it. There are parks around SA but they are heavily wooded, nature type parks that are not conducive to exercise nor safe for women or kids. They are very secluded and downright scary. MacArthur park around the airport was a place I went as a kid. But you gotta get out and drive to it, it's not neighborhood accessible. It has climbing stuff, swings and such and again, a heavily wooded area. Not for evening play. Again you have to drive to them- they're not walk accessible. If you want to know anything, ask- I will try and answer any questions. [read more...]


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Browns Mills, NJ

moving back to San Antonio - 8/18/2012

I live in a small township in New Jersey; Without going into too much detail, in April when my lease is up I'm going to make a mad dash back to San Antonio. I was born in San Antonio but relocated with my Parents to Paris,France, all over the south, Lawten, Oklahoma, Okinawa,japan,California and now New Jersey. Of all the places I've ever lived in, I have never felt so STUCK before in my life. The day that my lease it up I'm going to stuff what I can in my SUV and head back to San Antonio.maybe stopping for gas and sustannce and that's all. I miss the people,the celebrations,the weather, the produce....everything. Yes it is a large town with small town attitude but that's what makes it so warm and inviting.I do not advise anyone to move to New Jersey...even though all it takes is a drive to the train station and a two way ticket to the Big Apple..lots to see there. But if you don't have too much money for entertainment, you're out of luck. Really expensive to live here...too many people..all frustrated about too few jobs to go around. The extremes are way too extreme.People are either well off or they're not. Those are the main ingredients for touble. The crime rate is out of hand here and in near by Philladelphia. Do not move to New Jersey! This is a real world warning! [read more...]


Nikki
San Antonio, TX

San antonio is Great! - 7/5/2012

Its just beautiful[read more...]


KB
San Antonio, TX

San Antonio a big old boring Cowboy town - 7/1/2012

Unfortunately, I grew up here in SA and move away right after graduating from HS. After attending college out of state and a career as Consultant which enabled me to live and travel to some exciting and diverse cities all over the world for the last 26 years, San Antonio is attempting to slow me down!!!! I most recently lived in Chicago then South Florida and recently San Juan, Puerto Rico. I have now resided here in SA for one year and simply find this city dull, boring and subdued with a huge Cowboy flavor. I never seen so many pick-up trucks in my life. I must admit, people love to eat (unhealthy) and for the most part do not consider exercising a necessity. Maybe that is why the Medical industry is a big hit here. Therefore if you like fashion, a diversified accepting culture, a beach with palm trees, a subway for transportation, bicycle lanes, a high profile Art Scene, a modern and progressively liberal atmoshphere, a green, healthy and intellectual vibe. Then the bottom line this city is not for you! Go to a city that will enhance your vibrancy to enrich your daily being!! Life cannot be all about, football, BBQ/Tacos, drinking beer and watching the Dallas Cowboys!!![read more...]


Myname
San Antonio, TX

Discrimination - 4/6/2012

"Reverse discrimination" is rampant toward white women in San Antonio. The discrimination comes from a substantial number of Hispanic women. This is also the case in Austin. The discrimination is in regards to employment and is profound in central Texas. Discrimination of any type is stupid --- and it is truly sickening and unacceptable. I have read that careers come here to die and this is but one of several reasons.[read more...]


Enlil50
San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, Tx - 3/8/2012

I have lived in San Antonio, Tx all my life and my beloved city to me is the best place to live. 95% of the people here are friendly and very helpful and for a city this size it is not too crowded, traffic is not bad at all, the cost of living is not high, it is actually very affordable here and we do not look down on others.The only thing I do not like about my city is the heat during the summer months, which is unbareable. [read more...]


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