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Old October 24th, 2008, 10:19 PM   #1
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my San Antonio pics

overcast dreary pics from November/December 2007; the rest from May 2008


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Old October 24th, 2008, 10:30 PM   #2
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For some reason, street level pictures of San Antonio look really cool. It's from up top where it looks very ugly and dreary.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 12:28 AM   #3
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I agree. San Antonio's skyline is awful, for being the 2nd largest city in Texas (3rd largest metro) and all, but it's hard to beat San Antonio's street scenes. I think that's a positive thing about San Antonio. I can think of many cities that look better in their skyline, and less impressive in its street scenes. Not Dallas or Houston, but I'm sure you all know what cities I'm talking about.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 01:09 AM   #4
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San Antonio looks like it belongs somewhere in Ohio or Michigan.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 01:17 AM   #5
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Ummmmmmmmmmmm..

oh no you didn't.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 04:40 AM   #6
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San Antonio looks like it belongs somewhere in Ohio or Michigan.
Maybe because it looks more like Grand Rapids or Toledo than a metro of 2mil.

There are some very cool old buildings but too much beige 80's crap surrounds them.
The street scenes are OK but the skyline overall is small and ugly.

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Old October 25th, 2008, 04:57 AM   #7
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Maybe because it looks more like Grand Rapids or Toledo than a metro of 2mil.

There are some very cool old buildings but too much beige 80's crap surrounds them.
The street scenes are fabulous but the skyline overall is small and ugly.
It doesn't "work", is there an "overall plan" for downtown SA?
Thats what I mean, it wasnt a hit at SA at all.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 02:22 PM   #8
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Looks very nice and about 100 times more intersting than any other TX city.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #9
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San Antonio looks like it belongs somewhere in Ohio or Michigan.
Thats exactly what I was thinking (in terms of skyline). Maybe the weather has something to do with it because I've never had that impression before. On the other hand, you just don't see southern cities that are dominated by brick clad high rises.

Are there height restrictions downtown?

Great pics by the way.

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Old October 26th, 2008, 07:44 AM   #10
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Wow, I didn't know San Antonia was that big
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Old October 26th, 2008, 08:54 AM   #11
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Wow, I didn't know San Antonia was that big
You didn't know the 7th largest city in the USA by population was that big? Really? Are you serious? Actually I think it is severely lacking in density for its size. However it certainly makes up for itself by oozing character. San Antonio, Without a doubt, has one of the best subterranean river walk systems in the country. In fact one of the best of all riverwalks, Its something I wish Charlotte could somehow mimic. Great Pix LSyd!
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Old October 26th, 2008, 09:13 AM   #12
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I travel to San Antonio once every 2 or 3 months at least. Lately, once every month - because of the DoD presence there. I know many people in SA, and all are very proud to tout themselves as the "7th largest city in the US" or the "2nd largest city in Texas".

I'm sorry, but this just shows where statistics are skewed. Houston and Dallas are both much, much, much bigger and more influential cities in Texas. No contest. There are 20 larger and more important cities in the US than San Antonio.

Just because San Antonio's CSA is calculated from the number of people that live within the 412 square miles of the region doesn't mean it should be recognized as one of the nation's largest cities. It just means it's one of the nations most bloated CSAs.

Take Minneapolis - 58 square miles is their CSA and 373K people. 6430 people/square mile. Almost double what San Antonio has. San Antonio - 412 square miles and 1600000 people. 3883 people/square mile.

If you want to compare MSAs, then that is where the difference shows. San Antonio holds no ground to many cities in the US. It's CSA is so large, that it's MSA is almost equal to it!

San Antonio has too much land in their CSA to make any numbers realistic.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 09:16 AM   #13
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You didn't know the 7th largest city in the USA by population was that big? Really? Are you serious? Actually I think it is severely lacking in density for its size. However it certainly makes up for itself by oozing character. San Antonio, Without a doubt, has one of the best subterranean river walk systems in the country. In fact one of the best of all riverwalks, Its something I wish Charlotte could somehow mimic. Great Pix LSyd!
Thats the thing, I didn't realize it was 7th place... but then again Phoenix is the same way, very high population..... But the city pictures look like a small dusty town... (No offense SA) Many of the pic's are beautiful...
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Old October 26th, 2008, 08:39 PM   #14
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i find most of your commentaries odd, but thanks for the compliments.

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Old November 5th, 2008, 04:24 AM   #15
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Are there height restrictions downtown?

can't cast a shadow on the alamo
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Old November 5th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #16
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great pics! thanks for the share!
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Old November 5th, 2008, 02:32 PM   #17
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I travel to San Antonio once every 2 or 3 months at least. Lately, once every month - because of the DoD presence there. I know many people in SA, and all are very proud to tout themselves as the "7th largest city in the US" or the "2nd largest city in Texas"
That's odd for them to say they are the 2nd largest city in Texas. LoL.

Dallas metro= 6,145,037
Houston metro= 5,628,101
San Antonio metro= 1,990,675

They aren't even close to Dallas and Houston.


San Antonio is along the same size as Fort Worth and Austin in Texas.
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Old November 6th, 2008, 04:02 AM   #18
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For some reason, street level pictures of San Antonio look really cool. It's from up top where it looks very ugly and dreary.
I always think the same thing.
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Old November 6th, 2008, 07:18 PM   #19
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Great shots of SA, the downtown at street level is so vibrant and colorful, and the weather helps a lot to enjoy it year round. Thanks for the collection of pics.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 07:55 AM   #20
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Thats exactly what I was thinking (in terms of skyline). Maybe the weather has something to do with it because I've never had that impression before. On the other hand, you just don't see southern cities that are dominated by brick clad high rises.
That's due to terrible leadership during the 60's, 70's and 80's. Also, the HDRC the last few years has been so god awful that our current Mayor reduced their power and reduced the number of people on the HDRC.

The same thing was that they had people build building that had a "San Antonio" look, yet they have no defined "San Antonio look" that an architect can look at and go from there. Instead, it's what they like gets built and what they like is... blah!

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The only height restrictions downtown lie just behind the Alamo. Nothing major, something like within 500 feet behind the Alamo the height of buildings is greatly reduced as to not build anything that would appear in a picture.

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