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Old Posted Dec 21, 2010, 4:45 PM
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Downtown Hotel Bankruptcy and the Green Wall

It looks another downtown hotel is suffering through this economy. That makes three (St.Anthony, Crowne Plaza and now the Riverwalk Plaza).

But what really caught my attention was the mention of the green wall. Have you all seen this? I saw it over the Thanksgiving weekend and it looks like some huge green screen set.

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http://www.mysanantonio.com/business...tcy-911816.php

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The Riverwalk Plaza Hotel, recently ordered by the city to repaint an electric green wall on its south side, sought bankruptcy protection last week after losing a legal spat with a company that services its mortgage.
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Old Posted Dec 21, 2010, 4:51 PM
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San Antonio seem to be more progressive back in the 60's 50's 40's 30's then today. Why is that
yes. The Good Government League and segregation were so progressive....
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Old Posted Dec 21, 2010, 5:04 PM
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It looks another downtown hotel is suffering through this economy. That makes three (St.Anthony, Crowne Plaza and now the Riverwalk Plaza).

But what really caught my attention was the mention of the green wall. Have you all seen this? I saw it over the Thanksgiving weekend and it looks like some huge green screen set.

Here's a link to the article:
http://www.mysanantonio.com/business...tcy-911816.php
The Crowne Plaza and St. Anthony both need an owner/investor with deeper pockets. As we have seen recently, those that renovate/remodel don't have issues; the Hyatt just renovated to stay competitive and Marriott Rivercenter is doing some renos as well (I think.) The CP and SA both have horrible meeting spaces (compared to the others) and that probably hurts their ability to compete on the convention level.

As for the green wall, I noticed it when it was going up, not sure when that was. While I think it COULD be a good idea, I still think that they should have at least run it past the HDRC. I don't agree with some of what the HDRC has to say, but thats the way it goes when you reside next to the river.
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K-Mart

The downtown K-Mart is being demolished.
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Old Posted Dec 22, 2010, 10:45 PM
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The Broadway

Does anyone have friends or contacts with The Broadway.
I was trying to get access to take a beautiful picture of the Christmas Lights at Incarnate Word University. I contacted the office, but their being scrooges over there. Doesn't look like I'm going to be able to do this picture unless I know someone!! Please Help, Thanks
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Lots of drama going on in this thread.
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I know Frost is headquarted here. But they chose to build and invest in Austin by building the Frost Tower there which they don't even like in Austin. They called it the nose hair trimmer. They should of built that new infrastructure here in downtown San Antonio.
Frost Bank did not build the Frost Bank Tower. They are just the major tenant.
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I don't think they are a major tenant at all.... they probably just financed it.
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Whoa, Two Union Square has the highest flagpole in the US? Or in this round of comparisons? If so, I totally win -- I can see it out my window! Actually, I have to walk up to the window to see the flagpole, the building is so freakin' tall.
There may be higher ones in Europe, Australia or Asia, but that was the highest I could think of.

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I know Frost is headquarted here. But they chose to build and invest in Austin by building the Frost Tower there which they don't even like in Austin.
I don't like it either. I love it. And I'm not happy about a new squat hospital that is starting to block the view of it from my neighborhood.

And no, Frost Bank did not develop/build the tower. Cousins Properties did. Frost Bank also did not finance the tower. The building was at least half completed and nearly topped out before Frost Bank ever expressed interest in being a tenant in the building. They only signed to take space in the building 3 months before it topped out. Originally the building was to be named Congress at Fourth. And yes, Frost Bank does occupy a large amount of space. Frost Bank took 52,000 square feet in the building. 10% of the building's space. They totally vacated their old offices 5 blocks up the street.

Here's the original article form 2003 on Frost Bank signing for the space.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/prodsBy...rodtype=hourly

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What has Austin wealth done for the City of San Antonio, zippo! At least I don't think so
I'd say Austin has helped HEB's sales and a lot. HEB is much less popular in the rest of Texas, namely in Houston and Dallas. Randalls and Kroger have a larger share in Houston than HEB does. We've been shopping at HEB for at least 20 years. We would have done it longer, but there wasn't a store nearby.
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Kevin, don't forget that HEB is also very popular in Corpus Christi, Laredo and the entire Valley.
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Yes, they're just about the only grocery store chain in those markets. There are some Wal-mart supercenters, but HEB is still beating Wal-mart in sales in Texas.
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With the exception of Sun Harvest, HEB is the only decent grocery chain down in the valley. Without HEB, we'd only have Walmart. :\
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So Texas de Brazil opened.
http://blog.mysanantonio.com/downtow...azil-now-open/
So that plus Luke are the new restaurants on Houston Street. Sounds like that street is becoming a bit more exciting.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fLLHSuJcrI

This restaurant is very sexy!

p.s. I didn't know spiderman had a sister.
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Old Posted Jan 5, 2011, 4:48 AM
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This story about Marmon Mok has some renderings of the Municipal Auditorium renovations. Nothing real new but pretty neat anyways.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/business...ure-937153.php

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This story about Marmon Mok has some renderings of the Municipal Auditorium renovations. Nothing real new but pretty neat anyways.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/business...ure-937153.php

I'm not crazy about the exterior of the building addition, but the plaza garden area looks kinda nice.
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Old Posted Jan 8, 2011, 12:52 AM
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Its like most other DT SA buildings: best appreciated from the River.
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Old Posted Jan 13, 2011, 9:43 AM
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nice I love interior of the Municipal Auditorium...
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2011, 7:40 PM
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Maybe we some colorful structures like this at Hemisfair.

A rub it in picture! I like the new GH just because of it's massive wall. Propably one of the biggest wall looking structures in the U.S. But I would pick the first proposal for sure!

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