has written 2 SperlingViews. Currently, perky is living in San Antonio, TX and has a little something to say:
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Great place to make strides financially and profes Posted On: 6/18/2011 3:18:43 PM
Lived in Dallas 12 years and, overall, enjoyed it. Lots of entertainment options - cultural, artistic and sports - and loads of outstanding restaurants and shopping. Recent improvements in the Downtown and Uptown areas and the city's rail system have been a boon to the city. Lower on the recreation offerings than I wanted, but White Rock Lake is a treasure. Most Fortune 500 HQs of all US cities, a substantial airport that puts you on either coast in 2-3 hours, an easy place to do business and a healthy job climate. So, with steady income and low cost of living, one can make great strides in one's financial portfolio. On the downside, there is a certain "land lock" dread that stems from being 3+ hours away from other destinations - Austin, SE mountains of OK, Houston, etc. If you want to truly get away, a flight is needed. The people are superficial and rather culturally homogeneous, the city government fairly corrupt and the landscape uninspiring.
Balanced assessment of San Antonio Posted On: 6/17/2011 8:27:22 AM
Preface by stating that I've lived in Indy, Denver, Dallas and Houston and traveled 5 continents. No place is entirely good or bad - it is really what a person wants. So, depending upon what you are looking for, SA might be the ticket or it might not. After 19 months here, here's how I see it.
San Antonio - The Good:
*Friendly people who will bend over backwards to help (I'm white, blond and speak enough Spanish to order a beer or ask where the restroom is and have rarely experienced the racism others complain of on this site)
*Family centric attitude and family oriented entertainment
*Easy to be a faithful, religious person with numerous places of worship
*Proximity to Texas Hill Country and Gulf Coast beaches
*Great for entertaining out-of-town visitors
San Antonio - The Bad:
*Filthy, filthy, filthy - trash, poorly maintained homes, infrastructure and business buildings, tagging, etc.
*Uncomfortably hot from April - November
*1 trick pony - the River Walk - other than that, the city doesn't do much investing
*High density of poor, uneducated residents
*Too "small town" with disproportionately few art, culture and sports offerings for the population size
*A workforce that employers complain lacks motivation and skill
*Economically stratified which has created 2 San Antonios: the poor, people of color, 85% San Antonio (west, south and east) and the affluent, predominantly white, 15% San Antonio (north, northwest)
*Illustrating the city government's poor decision making and short sightedness, in an effort to cut $100K from the annual budget, they recently decided to remove the fluoride from the city drinking water
San Antonio - The Ugly:
*Drug cartels' influence
*As the commentary on this site indicates, LOTS of racial tension
*Allergy inducers are so rampant and severe that many allergy drug manufacturers have established test labs here - Doctors have told me that even if you don't have allergies before you move here, you likely will acquire them
*No industry, save for health care, and no city plan to to attract it, that brings educated, white collar workers, which would, in time, better balance the distribution of wealth and propel the city forward
Hope this helps others to decide. To complete, though we've had our fair share of good times here and met some terrific folks, we have decided that SA is not for us.