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Yes it sucks - 10/12/2010
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pbody's
San Antonio, TX

This is sooo true, I wish I'd read this before I moved here. Construction is a mess. Highways have ridiculously long entry/exit ramps. The streets never go anywhere, they ALL end. So you can't take any streets the whole length of the city. And 6 months after I got here, my Benz passenger window was smashed for a $5 pair of sunglasses. Drivers SUCK, don't use signal lights, will cross 4 lanes of traffic then exit suddenly! Inconsiderate! For the most part they're not friendly. I hate it here and can't wait to leave. Oh and lets not forget all the graffiti tags EVERYWHERE. It's like they don't want a nice place to live. Like you say, Sonterra, Alamo Hts, Lockhill Selma area etc are ok. And you're also right about the teen pregnancy. No job or car and WALKING with 3,4,5 children while pregnant with the next. This place SUCKS! And to all of you, NO I'M NOT WHITE. Plus at least once a week, some drunk is driving down the wrong side of the road, usually ends up in some innocent person's death. Roosters and chickens in a (supposedly) modern city is discussting. You all should be out on a farm, not in the inner city. I've been here 2 years from IL and can't believe the hype on the Internet that helped my decision to move here. UGGGG! can't wait to leave. All of you that say about being here is because you haven't lived anywhere else and don't know any better. Don't be mad, if your town sucks it sucks! You've learned to live with it so more power to you.

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Sherry
San Antonio, TX

Wiki - 8/6/2014

If you enjoy hispanic culture, this town is for you. If you don't speak Spanish and are looking for a job after relocation, good luck because you will need it. Very few applications on line here or in person do not include the question of whether you are bilingual. The heat in summer is not tolerable without air-conditioning, and if you are not of hispanic culture then you are in the minority here. While the night life downtown is active most weekends, it again revolves primarily around Tex-Mex and hispanic culture. The jobs are present for Master's Degree holders in Teaching, or high school level service jobs. If you are somewhere in between these levels you may be looking for a job for a while. The town is set up nice for tourism if you enjoy shopping, lavish hotels, and touring the city. The river walk is pretty and clean, but mostly hotels and food on the walk. Not to many places to sit unless you are eating at a cafe. The Zoo and Sea World are great for kids. The parks for walking and biking are plentiful but not safe at night. Lots to do and see but do a lot of homework about the area before you move here permanently.

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Elise
San Antonio, TX

Great place to live - 8/5/2014

There's always something to do in San Antonio if you don't mind a short drive to any given side of town. It is a rapidly expanding city that is home to a ton of young families. Everyone is very friendly and you couldn't ask for better people to have as neighbors. Not always as entertaining for young 20 something's, for that I would recommend Austin as a place for the 20-30 range. But still a very great place to live with a lot of solid job opportunities.

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Bob
Freer, TX

My own personal hell - 7/7/2014

Yep, that's San Antonio. I would move too if the jobs weren't so pathetic that I can't even make a living wage, much less be able to save up enough to move away.

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THe TRuth SpeakeR
San Antonio, TX

Why dont you San Antonioians trying being real??? - 5/27/2014

First of all I can speak of San Antonio because I was born in 1978 so I know what has changed for the good and the bad of San Antonio not people who have not lived here all their lives.... In the 80's and 90's San Antonio was fairly descent but once the Millennium came it's as if they opened the border gates and let all "Those" people over here...and I am hispanic so Not being racist or prejudice just stating the facts...For instance South side which in the 80's use to have a Dillards and Sears right on Military and Pleasanton was shut down by the early 90's and ever since that area has literally turned into little Mexico.. All you see now are nothing but illegals and that is the truth...hardly anyone speaks proper English or English for that matter and they expect you to speak Spanish when they come to our country not knowing the language and expect us to accommodate to them. So yes we are infested with alot of illegal Mexicans and they are everywhere now...EAST North South and even by Stone Oak that area is not as nice as you people make it out to be...They don't have anything but a bunch of pretentious wanna be New York restaurants that don't come close to cutting it plus it is so packed with traffic every direction that takes away the thrill... and as far as our drivers?!?! Yes they are the worst look at the news...Every single nite you hear of someone killing someone who is a drunk driver or just a dumb driver whom slams into someone...So when the top story told of having someone slam on their breaks to be ugly...Yes that is very typical of San Antonio drivers....Most importantly and Unfortunately that person was right and I know because again have lived here all my life and thank God I have not had any children because I would refuse to raise them in this city with so many illegals...I went to my old elementary not too long ago...and when I was a child you would rarely see any type of Illegals or Spanish spoken and now could not believe me eyes and ears...that's all you saw and heard..It was so sad... The people here are very weird too...They are extremely nosy especially the Hispanics and very rude...Lack manners in every way because where they come from they are not use to treating people with a certain type of respect and decency..I am very sorry to say this about San Antonio but again we need to speak the truth about this city which is sinking into a hole of disgrace...Just as when Charles Barkley was commenting on our women...I was thinking well the man is right..We do have alot of heavy set women here but its not just the women the men especially and whats so strange is the women think they look good cause the men validate them and same with the men...Very Big!!!

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Genie
San Antonio, TX

Luv SA - 4/16/2014

Overall this is a great place to live. If you're looking for high-brow, intellectual activities, this may not be the place for you. The cost of living makes housing affordable, although the prices are climbing quickly. Taxes are high, but I'm from NY where taxes are ridiculous.

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George
San Antonio, TX

A critique regarding article by LauMand in 2007 - 12/16/2013

The comments made by this writer are laughable, and are only exceeded by ignorance. But she can't help it because she was brainwashed by her ancestors. At some point, in San Antonio, and more than likely in the rest of the state as well, a faction of people, who considered themselves the earlier settlers in Texas, somehow, and maybe even perhaps by chance, banded together and called themselves "anglos" in order to differentiate from more recent immigrants who had fled the Mexican revolution and settled in the state as well. This faction included; Germans, Englishmen, Irish, Czechs, Poles, Greeks, Italians, Syrians, Lebanese, Jews, etc., half of which, even by a stretch of the imagination, could not be considered Anglicans. More than likely because of the Great Depression, they did this in order to apply economic and political sanctions against the Hispanic "newcomers" whom they considered a threat to bite into their portion of the precarious "American Pie." These early sanctions against access to jobs and politics are well-documented, and there is no need to revisit them at this time. The unconstitutional ploy lasted for perhaps a couple of decades, during which many so-called "anglos", acquired a false sense of superiority over their "more recent" fellow immigrants. The latter, to their credit, never resorted to rioting in the streets, burning automobiles, looting stores, nor killing innocent people. They had an innate feeling that society would evolve naturally as it has since the dawn of time. So now, despite the historical claims of ethnocentricity, by many, we see, over the internet, and through many other sources, that all ethnic groups have the same successes, failures, intelligence, ignorance, and levels of religion and morality, as any other.

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Jacob
San Antonio, TX

Our economy - 10/7/2013

Is picking up quickly

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Maribel
Vineland, NJ

moving to San Antonio - 8/6/2013

Im from New Jersey , have 2 boys 18 and 16 , in about 2 years I will move to San Antonio can anyone please tell me where is a safe place to live and how is the jobs search.

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Maribel
Vineland, NJ

moving to San Antonio - 8/6/2013

39 yrs old with 2 boys 18 and 16 live in New Jersey thinking of moving to San Antonio once my 16 yr old son graduates in 2 yrs. Never been in SA can someone please tell me how are the jobs search and where is a good safe place to move . This will be my first time moving out of the states.

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Black
San Antonio, TX

not the place for black ppl unless your highly edu - 7/9/2013

Im black and am satx eastside born and raised....and this city has a high hypocritical/deceptive hatred for black ppl and it starts frm the mayor on down. 1st satx is the 1st and only city in the nation to strip away its Historically black colleges accreditation by adding Hispanic serving institution behind it with Alamo colleges( there are 4 and thy all are Hispanic serving institutions). Now think for a sec. how much power Mexicans have here to be able to federally/legally do that to a HBC....You dnt have to be blk to understand what I mean. Not only that but they brag about what they have done...look Hispanics are 70-90% pop. including illegals just estimating. there is no need to do that to a HBC...Eastside use to be a blk area now Hispanic dominated in every category especially the workers in the businesses..tho there is still a blk presence.I hate to go into a grocery chain like heb located in the heart of the hood MLK & New Braunfels . And visibly see 2 blk wrkin in the whole store. yet 70% of the customers are blk...a lack of blk employment is a common site everywhere in the city...if your blk and educated be prepared to have your job opportunity stripped frm you because your Hispanic interviewer with brk English is between you and getting hired..if you do get in you will be the only one and thy will do something to fire you or make u quite and it will be racially instigated....White ppl clique up with them because some if not most hate blks just as equally.. all the afirmitive action opportunities are taken by them because thy qualify so why hire a blk...Only thng to love about here is the Spurs and the Hispanic women....most who love some blk men...as this city is gr8 for the mixed couple thng tho if in wrong area it might get 1960's..... plex.....wit the Mexican men.....if you seen the movie machete its just like that here as far as the Mexicans sticking together to take over...the only successful blk ppl here are military affiliated including mili.brats college educated or some form of inheritance....blk ppl just surviving on regular job starting from bottom working your waay up.....haaaaaa....that only exists with the white and Mexicans here....as several are in authority management positions w/o education...but da brotha gotta go to school to reach the same status and pay....

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Black
San Antonio, TX

perfect place for white/mexican/ hispanic /illegal - 7/9/2013

Im black and am satx eastside born and raised....and this city has a high hypocritical/deceptive hatred for black ppl and it starts frm the mayor on down. 1st satx is the 1st and only city in the nation to strip away its Historically black colleges accreditation by adding Hispanic serving institution behind it with Alamo colleges( there are 4 and thy all are Hispanic serving institutions). Now think for a sec. how much power Mexicans have here to be able to federally/legally do that to a HBC....You dnt have to be blk to understand what I mean. Not only that but they brag about what they have done...look Hispanics are 70-90% pop. including illegals just estimating. there is no need to do that to a HBC...Eastside use to be a blk area now Hispanic dominated in every category especially the workers in the businesses..tho there is still a blk presence.I hate to go into a grocery chain like heb located in the heart of the hood MLK & New Braunfels . And visibly see 2 blk wrkin in the whole store. yet 70% of the customers are blk...a lack of blk employment is a common site everywhere in the city...if your blk and educated be prepared to have your job opportunity stripped frm you because your Hispanic interviewer with brk English is between you and getting hired..if you do get in you will be the only one and thy will do something to fire you or make u quite and it will be racially instigated....White ppl clique up with them because some if not most hate blks just as equally.. all the afirmitive action opportunities are taken by them because thy qualify so why hire a blk...Only thng to love about here is the Spurs and the Hispanic women....most who love some blk men...as this city is gr8 for the mixed couple thng tho if in wrong area it might get 1960's..... plex.....wit the Mexican men.....if you seen the movie machete its just like that here as far as the Mexicans sticking together to take over...the only successful blk ppl here are military affiliated including mili.brats college educated or some form of inheritance....blk ppl just surviving on regular job starting from bottom working your waay up.....haaaaaa....that only exists with the white and Mexicans here....as several are in authority management positions w/o education...but da brotha gotta go to school to reach the same status and pay....

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Sterling
San Antonio, TX

Hot - 3/31/2013

Hot

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Bp
San Antonio, TX

Not much Culture - 3/21/2013

I have lived in San Antonio for the last 10 years and must say that it has become a destination because of its low cost of living and safety. No earthquakes, tornados or hurricanes here. The city is very conservative and protective of its culture which is hard to define because the city is 70% hispanic but not mexican. It is the capital of TEX MEX and the breakfast taco and that is it. Not much after that. Even though it is the 7 largest city in the country there is no notable museum, restaurant, art or historic neighborhood. Just beer, BBQ and TEX MEX...

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lv
Lewisburg, PA

We all need to understand each other and urgently - 2/7/2013

Dear Mrs Fearful and very Dissatisfied: You are taking action....good for you! I had a wonderful friend on my all-women, graduate dormitory at The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan who was born and raised in San Antonio,Tx. She was bright,compassionate and fun! My husband and I were considering San Antonio but we will take our time in making our decision. As professional Therapist and Masters level Social Worker, I can honestly share with you that single women with too many children of every ethnicity and race are struggling to support far more children than they gave much thought to. I is sad. I send my best wishes as you prepare to begin a new chapter (safer) of your life, along with your family, somewhere that will feel safer and happier! Sincerely, Mrs.P,M.S.W

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Jake
Converse, TX

Brooks Academy Of Science & Engineering in San Ant - 2/6/2013

This was an excellent school in the beginning. The Principal and Staff worked together to get parents involved. Parent involvement was extremely low and very difficult to get them involved. They worked with the students to make them all feel a part of the “Brooks Family”. The School Board decided not to renew the Principal’s contract for the 2010-2011 school year. This was extremely upsetting to the students as well as staff. A large number of the staff resigned and students moved to other schools after the Board announced it was not renewing the Principal’s contract. The Board never considered how this change would affect the school. After some research, I discovered that Charter Schools can pretty much do anything they want since they are publicly funded, but privately run. They are exempt from many public school rules and regulations, and operate independently. This school is run by Academica Management SW LLC. It has been said that certain board members also have an interest in Academica Management SW LLC as well as relatives working for the company. The bottom line is about profit. The new Principal is a very nice lady but does not have the experience to run a school. It was unfair to her to do away with all the former systems and implement all new systems. It was a disaster. Students were sitting around waiting the first week to get their schedules. Lunch accounts were not established until almost the end of the school year. Parents got a letter in the mail stating they owed hundreds of dollars and had to have it paid by the end of the school. This is just a few examples of the poorly planned transition. More government control is needed in Charter Schools to prevent disasters like this one.

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Michelle
San Antonio, TX

Be warned-don't move here! - 11/8/2012

Do not move here if you are non-hispanic! There is a high discrimination in this city. As a white women I hate it here!

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Michelle
San Antonio, TX

cliquey, undfriendly women in San Antonio - 11/8/2012

Do not move here if you don't have to. As a women, it has been very hard to make friends here. The women are very attached to their husbands and children and not open to meeting new people or going out with just "the girls." There is a very high hispanic population and maybe in that culture they are taught to stay close to their husbands and kids? I mean, I really don't know? Does anyone know if this is true? I like being friends with any ethicity, race, or creed!! unfortunatley I have to stay here because my husband transfered here:( I have never experienced such cliquey rude women before. And I have lived in several other cities. Am I the only one?

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Myname
San Antonio, TX

EMPLOYMENT - 10/1/2012

The city has potential BUT must decide to seriously focus on attracting ethnically diverse, well educated people to relocate to San Antonio. This will likely happen ONLY if major large national employers with high paying jobs relocate first. That in itself may not happen without top notch educational institutions to attract them, which San Antonio really doesn't have at this time ... however, the city is in the process of becoming a hub for the cyber security industry, which is great but military-oriented. If you are not Hispanic and, especially if you are White, most likely you will not be able to secure a decent job in San Antonio unless you are very well connected. This city is full of people who do not appear to value higher education. If you are an educated White person who has relocated to San Antonio you will not have any difficulty observing & experiencing what I have stated in this comment. It sux.

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Lynn
Phoenix, AZ

Real Time Current opinion of living in San Antonio - 9/23/2012

After living in a major city in the west area now for two years I have been quibbling about moving elsewhere. I was born in Texas, grew up in San Antonio way back when and lived right by the North Star Mall. Then my father was transferred and we lived in another region for many years. About 7 years ago I moved back to SA and lived in the Stone Oak area then the farther north 281 region. In my experiences in living in SA I can give people good current knowledge of the area. Pluses: Nice weather year round- not as humid as most make it out to be- it averages around 25-30% by day and gets up a bit at night as moist air moves in from the gulf maybe hitting 45% + I think it's nice. Of course during rainy spells it does get hot and muggy. Some cold temps during December and January- gets down in the 30's, highs during the day of 50-60+ on some days. Most cold weather days during the winter probably average in the 65+ range with cool nights in the 40' and 50's on average. A skiff of snow once in a while and ice every couple of three years. Can be hot during the summer- but most temps range mid 80's to high 90's. If you think thats awful try Phoenix. The 'dry heat' doesn't matter much once it's 115. People are somewhat friendly- I did run into people now and then that would give out the stink eye, but for the most part I never found them unfriendly. High Hispanic population, seriously you will RARELY see blonde hair (natural) and blue eyes. When I moved out west, I was shocked to see blonde, towheaded kids with blue eyes. :) The Hispanics do stick together. SA is THEIR city. Don't believe me? Try and find out for yourself. They can be cliquish and group together. Most are very nice, but they still will defend their territory. There's lots of white folks too and a smaller amount of blacks. A few Asians, but rare. Really no population of the church induced eastern Europeans- they tend to go to Dallas/Austin. So your main culture in Hispanic. Pretty good Mexican food, not like it used to be, but pretty good local chains like Las Palapas, Taco Cabana. Real, old style SA Mexican food can be found on the River Walk at Casa Rio. The La Fonda on Main St. is another old, old SA icon- not owned by the Berry family anymore, and the food isn't as good as in the days back in the 70's but the atmosphere is still pretty much like it was 40 years ago. They have a beautiful courtyard patio thats fabulous on spring evenings. One of the old hostesses there has worked there for SIXTY years. Me and my family hadn't been in there for 20 years when we moved back, but when we walked in, boy she recognized my father right away! AMAZING! She is 84 or so years old, hope she is still going strong. There are some trendy chi chi places mostly north of Loop 1604- there is a Silo Bar/Restaurant and a Chocolate Martini Bar, so all is not lost to the 'trendy' hipsters if you're looking for higher end tapas or such. Downtown is pretty much touristy- not a lot of really great places on the River Walk. There are some local steak houses around, I have heard Bohanan's is good, but I have never eaten there. La Villita is downtown and has some old, well known restaurants one being Mi Tierra. Know for it's 365 day a year Christmas decor, the food isn't too bad and they have a huge Mexican bakery/pastries in the front door when you walk in. Other decent restaurants lots of the well known chains. I'm not a big fan of mom and pop places, so this didn't bother me. The only and best places to live are up north of Loop 1604, Stone Oak area and beyond and up Hwy 281. Everything up there north of the loop is built on limestone deposits, so your house will rarely settle or move around. BIG PLUS. In other areas of SA the ground is Texas clay and sand and your house will settle and may shift. Newer homes are built with post tension mountings, but you can still have foundation problems years on down the line. 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. You can drive down below Loop 410 and the streets, business and signage hasn't changed since I left in '74. In a way it's nostalgic, but to someone to who comes from a bigger, more progressive city, they may be put off by it. The roads in SA were laid out based on the old cattle trails that came into the city. There is no grid to them. They meander all over the city without going anywhere. As one poster said on here, it can take you 30 minutes to go 5 miles. There are only a handful of roads that go from one part of the city to another. This can create huge traffic jams if there are accidents as there is no other street to get off on that will take you anywhere. The main roads are: Loop 1604 goes east to west of the north part of the city. Hwy 281 goes from up north through downtown. I-35 goes north to Austin, Dallas, goes south through and around downtown SA. I-10 goes northwest and southeast taking you through downtown. 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.

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Myname
San Antonio, TX

ETHNIC DEMOGRAPHIC - 9/19/2012

THIS WEBSITE STATES THE FOLLOWING ABOUT SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS : "72.58% of people are white, 6.88% are black, 2.43% are asian, 0.89% are native american, and 17.23% claim 'Other'. 12.08% of the people in San Antonio, TX, claim hispanic ethnicity (meaning 87.92% are non-hispanic)". THIS IS INCORRECT. San Antonio is approximately 75% Hispanic; while at least two out of three residents are Hispanic ( which is 66%), the latest demographic has been trending toward three out of four residents being ethnically Hispanic (75% of the population).

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