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Old Posted Aug 12, 2005, 2:03 AM
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Oh, forgot the Fairfield Condo Tower. Oh please, Jack in NYC , we do not want to become another Houston!!! NO!
San Antonio needs to stay a "unique" city!
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All the great cities have their traffic situations figured out (to generalize).
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Old Posted Aug 12, 2005, 5:01 PM
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There are so many conversions downtown, I would say a couple thousand units.People don't realize the inventory we now have in the cbd.
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Old Posted Aug 12, 2005, 5:13 PM
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Dave ,
you forgot the La Cascada high rise condos.It is a 14 & 12 story high rise.The 12 story is Under construction.Not to mention The condos a top the 575 foot Hyatt.

Plus the exsisiting older apts like the Maverick,Robert e.lee,Granada,Hermasillo apt high rises.The list goes on.
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What about that 34 story condo highrise that got some talk not too long again. I believe Texboy mentioned it.
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Dave ,
you forgot the La Cascada high rise condos.It is a 14 & 12 story high rise.The 12 story is Under construction.Not to mention The condos a top the 575 foot Hyatt.

Plus the exsisiting older apts like the Maverick,Robert e.lee,Granada,Hermasillo apt high rises.The list goes on.
You mean 525' Hyatt, right?!? I have not seen anything which shows the building height to be 575'. I've seen it anywhere between 500' and 545'...

Does anyone have access to the actual blue prints?
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575 has also been a number thrown around. There's no official height yet but most seen to believe it will be well above 525 feet.
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LAST UPDATE: 8/12/2005 8:00:09 PM

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This story is available on your cell phone at mobile.woai.com.



A measure included in the two year City of San Antonio budget blueprint unveiled Thursday would spend a half million next year on two quarter million dollar super luxury public toilets for use by the city's homeless population, 1200 WOAI news reported today.

The luxury latrines would include many high tech amenities, they would be self cleaning, self deodorizing, and would include security features that would allow them to remain open 24 hours a day, and in all kinds of weather.

Increasing the number of rest rooms available to the homeless was a key demand of homeless activists when the city passed it's restrictions on downtown panhandling, begging, and other activities this past spring.

The Rev. John Flowers at Travis Park United Methodist Church, says the high rent rest rooms show that the city is compassionate toward the less fortunate.

"If you have an ordinance against urination or defecation in public, you have to have an option for people," he told 1200 WOAI's Bud Little.

Flowers and other homeless advocates say the public toilets would also be utilized by downtown tourists as well as regular people who work downtown and feel the urge to go.

"Homeless folks are actually fourth on the list of people in San Antonio who make use of public toilets."

He says public restrooms are an 'investment in the future.'

The median price of a home in San Antonio is a little more than $104,000 this year, which means each of these proposed golden thrones costs more than twice as much as the median price of a family home.

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San Antonio's economy on a roll

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SAN ANTONIO - Grand predictions about San Antonio's economy are nothing new.

They were made in 1968 as the city hosted a world's fair and again a decade ago when the North American Free Trade Agreement let loose a heavy commercial flow north from Mexico.

But this time around, many believe there are enough good things happening that San Antonio may at last realize its decades-long dream: a place among America's major cities.

"It's like our moment has arrived," said Henry Cisneros, the city's former mayor and the federal housing secretary under President Clinton. "San Antonio seems to have hit the big leagues."

The Alamo City's economy has been on a fast-lane thrill ride since Toyota Motor Corp. announced plans for a pickup-truck plant in early 2003.

The $850 million plant will employ about 2,000 high-wage workers when it starts production late next year, and at least 18 of its suppliers will come to town with nearly as many jobs.

In April, the National Security Agency said it plans to hire at least 1,500 people in San Antonio for intelligence analysis work. And in June the city beat out the Dallas suburb of Irving for banking giant Washington Mutual Inc.'s regional service center, which will employ 2,250 people initially and perhaps twice as many within seven years.

Big corporations based in San Antonio are making noise, including an agreement by SBC Communications Inc. to purchase AT&T Corp., its former parent company.

Even the Pentagon's base closure plan looks like a boon for this historic military town. The current plan calls for San Antonio to gain about 3,500 uniformed and civilian positions, and as much as $1 billion in new construction.

"We just won ourselves a world championship in basketball," said Mayor Phil Hardberger, referring to the hometown Spurs' second NBA title in three years. "And as far as I'm concerned, we're winning ourselves another world championship in commerce."

There has been job growth for 12 straight quarters and wages have climbed faster than any of the state's big cities in recent years, though those paychecks are still smaller than the average in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

Still, is San Antonio - long considered a poor provincial town despite being the country's eighth largest city with 1.2 million people - stepping onto the national stage? Is it even ready to be mentioned in the same breath as Texas' other major cities?

"We have some small and very potentially powerful victories of late, and that's something to be excited about," said Char Miller, director of urban studies at Trinity University in San Antonio. "But I wouldn't say that we are now as potent as Dallas or Houston."

But the ever-optimistic business boosters predict that San Antonio's run is just getting started.

"The next decade will be the best decade this community has ever had," said Mario Hernandez, who heads the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. "All of the pieces are place."


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I've been here twenty years and I have seen explosive growth in San Antonio. Can't wait to see what the next ten years will be like.
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It is exciting to se SA florish.
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SA to Flush $1/2 Million Down Toilet--Literally
LAST UPDATE: 8/12/2005 8:00:09 PM

Posted By: Jim Forsyth

This story is available on your cell phone at mobile.woai.com.



A measure included in the two year City of San Antonio budget blueprint unveiled Thursday would spend a half million next year on two quarter million dollar super luxury public toilets for use by the city's homeless population, 1200 WOAI news reported today.

The luxury latrines would include many high tech amenities, they would be self cleaning, self deodorizing, and would include security features that would allow them to remain open 24 hours a day, and in all kinds of weather.
This is how San Antonio manages to keep its hick image. First....get in contact with the French Company that set up the Toilets in San Francisco. That company will actually pay the city to have the toilets. So there you save 1/2 million dollars. And the tourist can use them too. The Toilet Company set up Bus Stops in Chicago too...and will be taking care of them and paying the city of Chicago lots of money. So perhaps....someone in San Antonio can do a google search and find out they can provide toilets for the homeless and the tourist and it will not cost the city any money.




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hick image? where did that come from. This isn't Arkansas here.
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This story is available on your cell phone at mobile.woai.com.



A measure included in the two year City of San Antonio budget blueprint unveiled Thursday would spend a half million next year on two quarter million dollar super luxury public toilets for use by the city's homeless population, 1200 WOAI news reported today.

The luxury latrines would include many high tech amenities, they would be self cleaning, self deodorizing, and would include security features that would allow them to remain open 24 hours a day, and in all kinds of weather.
This is how San Antonio manages to keep its hick image. First....get in contact with the French Company that set up the Toilets in San Francisco. That company will actually pay the city to have the toilets. So there you save 1/2 million dollars. And the tourist can use them too. The Toilet Company set up Bus Stops in Chicago too...and will be taking care of them and paying the city of Chicago lots of money. So perhaps....someone in San Antonio can do a google search and find out they can provide toilets for the homeless and the tourist and it will not cost the city any money.




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So the city spends 500,000 dollars to improve the quality of downtown by building two high tech public restrooms that will be free of charge but some how that gives a "hick image?"

Where is the logic?

And who pays to build things and not see a profit? Or are people charged to use the restrooms? The one's in SA are free to use.

If that French company isn't making a profit, they're the hicks.
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SA to Flush $1/2 Million Down Toilet--Literally
LAST UPDATE: 8/12/2005 8:00:09 PM

Posted By: Jim Forsyth

This story is available on your cell phone at mobile.woai.com.



A measure included in the two year City of San Antonio budget blueprint unveiled Thursday would spend a half million next year on two quarter million dollar super luxury public toilets for use by the city's homeless population, 1200 WOAI news reported today.

The luxury latrines would include many high tech amenities, they would be self cleaning, self deodorizing, and would include security features that would allow them to remain open 24 hours a day, and in all kinds of weather.
This is how San Antonio manages to keep its hick image. First....get in contact with the French Company that set up the Toilets in San Francisco. That company will actually pay the city to have the toilets. So there you save 1/2 million dollars. And the tourist can use them too. The Toilet Company set up Bus Stops in Chicago too...and will be taking care of them and paying the city of Chicago lots of money. So perhaps....someone in San Antonio can do a google search and find out they can provide toilets for the homeless and the tourist and it will not cost the city any money.




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So the city spends 500,000 dollars to improve the quality of downtown by building two high tech public restrooms that will be free of charge but some how that gives a "hick image?"

Where is the logic?

And who pays to build things and not see a profit? Or are people charged to use the restrooms? The one's in SA are free to use.

If that French company isn't making a profit, they're the hicks.
Would you READ THE HEADLINE!!! Then come back to me. My response was to the story.....damn are the schools really that poor in San Antonio.

And you really need to use your little airport and fly to different cities on occasion.

SF and Chicago both use: JCDecaux North America
Chicago doesn't use the public restrooms from this vendor but we got new attractive well lite bus shelters.....JCDecaux paid for them...maintains them and will pay Chicago $30 million to hold the contract for several decades. So silly......they are making a profit....and San Antonio could solve this man's gripe about flushing money down the sewer. That was the vain of the article. Also, in SF it cost 25cents...but the homeless can get free tokens............

A link to AMERICAN RESTROOMS

http://www.americanrestroom.org/apt/

P.S. There is a portion of San Antonio that is very libertarian. WOAI radio is close to being so libertarian that it is fascist (note article above.....if you are confused where this is coming from). In general it is WOAI and their followers who keep San Antonio down....and keep them rehashing the same old stuff. It is a squeaky minority....but they have so much power. So it was and is UNFAIR of me to make huge blanket statements against the City of San Antonio.....because again its only a small minority...that keeps the city back.
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San Antonio's airport is under major re-development.New terminals 40 gates i believe.
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Wow, you're one cool guy, being a little condescending jackass. Bravo my friend, bravo!

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VIA introduces new 'super' bus stop in San Antonio

Officials with VIA Metropolitan Transit, the city of San Antonio, the Texas Department of Transportation and Bexar County on Monday unveiled plans for the first "super stop" in San Antonio.

The super stop -- larger than a bus shelter but with fewer features than a park and ride -- is designed to provide seating for riders and covering from the weather.

It will also feature bus-arrival displays in real-time information and ticket-vending machines.

The first will be built at the corner of Culebra Road and Zarzamora Street on the city's West Side.

"By building the first super stop here, we are carrying out the work we promised to do under the (Advanced Transportation District)," VIA Board Chairman Tim Tuggey says. "VIA has already begun putting out more bus service as a result of the ATD, and now people can see actual construction work being done as we commence the capital projects."

A total of 50 super stops will be built over the next several years.

Local transportation officials are building these facilities with funds from the Advanced Transportation District (ATD), which collects a quarter-cent sales tax. San Antonio voters approved the creation of the district last November.

The district has the ability to pay for improvements to public transportation, streets, highways and related-transportation infrastructure.

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Wow, you're one cool guy, being a little condescending jackass. Bravo my friend, bravo!
Dude....you pasted the article on the board. Read it please...then get back to me.

Mr. Forsyth from WOAI hooked a negative commentary on this story at the very end. Good idea...bad coverage by a horrible station....WOAI is the hick conservative station holding the city back.....this was a newstory.....there shouldn't have been this type of editorializing in it:

The median price of a home in San Antonio is a little more than $104,000 this year, which means each of these proposed golden thrones costs more than twice as much as the median price of a family home.

Is it a golden throne? Are they really going to put a golden throne in each of these free toilets? No but he was bad mouthing the idea.....and that is NOT a reporters job.
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VIA introduces new 'super' bus stop in San Antonio

VIA was great when I lived in the city. It got me everywhere I wanted to go and for many years after I moved to other cities I would in my complaints to the other cities often say...well Via in San Antonio does it....express buses.....piggy backing the buses (in Chicago and San Francisco they bunch up!!!).

Those will be great places and so I feel they are in the true spirit of Pedestrians...verses cars.
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