San Antonio residents list the pros and cons of living in the Alamo

There’s no doubt that locals have their reasons for living in – or complaining about – San Antonio. Whatever those reasons may be, San Antonio recently had some fun online discussing the pros and cons of life at 2-1-0.

On Reddit, u/LatAmExPat started the conversation with love in San Antonio, noting that the Alamo is family-oriented, has free or affordable things to do around town (like green trails and parks), and of course, has delicious tacos. They also shared the “big negatives”, such as the city’s low wages (especially compared to the cost of living), San Antonio being “generally dirty”, and the “lack of neighborhood at the local level”.

Uh huh…


Of course, plenty of other residents participated in the debate with their pros and cons, some of which the MySA crew couldn’t help but echo. Of course, the city’s food scene, and in particular its claim to Tex-Mex cuisine, has been a consistent supporter of locals. Even our Austin correspondent, Chris O’Connell, couldn’t help but acknowledge San Antonio’s dominance of a particular favorite dish.

“Breakfast tacos [are] Actually good.” Now the debate is finally settled.

Many others have provided props for all the culture the Alamo has to offer, especially with it being home to a World Heritage Site and the two-week party Fiesta San Antonio.

“As someone who moved here from a rural town, I love celebrating the diverse communities and their history,” said MySA copy editor Peter Scamardo. “The feast was a breath of fresh air.”

Lots of other great reasons to live in San Antonio have been mentioned, such as the relaxed atmosphere in the city and being home to multiple attractions such as the San Antonio Zoo, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and SeaWorld as well as hotspots like The Pearl. and Southtown.

While a lot of residents have a mix of opinions about the 2-1-0 traffic, many would agree that you can often get anywhere you want to go without feeling like you’ve been driving for a long time.

“Everything is literally 10-15 minutes away, depending on where you live of course and whether you’re speeding like me,” admitted digital content producer Sye Bennefield.

But perhaps best of all, food and culture editor Madi Mendoza, Hill Country reporter Gabe Romero, and I (plus a bunch of Reddit guys) all agreed that San Antonio is home to some of the kindest and most loyal people I’ve ever met. .

“San Antonio loves to get involved in things,” Mendoza, the Queen of MySA, reminded us, referring to food drives and fundraisers and “giving chingasos to strangers who go against anything about the city.”

“It’s a small and big city,” said Romero, a California transplant member who moved to San Antonio in 2017. “I wish someone would love me as much as the people of San Antonio love the Spurs.”

Better triple name. We challenge you.

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The pair also had their say on the greatness that HEB represents.

“HEB is a goat,” Romero exclaimed, and I don’t blame him. Living without HEB isn’t perfect (but more on that later).

“HE-Bs are different and have different products! “And it’s a hoax because I can’t get the nice healthy stuff in Nogaletos that I get on Broadway,” Mendoza said.

Now, about those negatives. It is very true that HE-Bs are different, not only in size, but in their widths. it’s the truth! Go to HEB in Bandera and 1604 and you will find the largest section of healthy products and simple meal options. This is not exactly the case when you are shopping at Pleasanton and Military Drive.

The same goes for restaurant choices. The Brooks/City Base area of ​​Southside has grown in recent years, but it used to miss the dining spots that were practically on every corner north of Interstate 90. Although Southsiders like myself have willingly traveled through town before all the restaurants along Military Drive There is no denying that the city is not easily accessible since you almost need a car to live here.

Reporter Priscilla Aguirre suggested that “our public transport needs to work”. “We must have a train.”

On Reddit, a number of residents simply pointed out the ugly realities of life in the Alamo, including terrible sensitivity and extreme heat. Some subjects had different opinions, such as whether or not the city was affordable. While inflation and rising rents contributed to the discussion, MySA reporter Stephen Santana noted that despite the state of the world, “there are not enough options for affordable public housing.”

Others thought the city was filthy, boring, and late to build (now I can agree on this). The biggest hoax of all, at least according to most Reddit threads, is the drivers here.

Now, this is where I should definitely do a couple of years. I live in upstate New York during college and Miami after my graduation, and I’m all too familiar with how San Antonio stacks up and fails compared to other cities which are very different.

Grocery shopping without HEB sucked, but Wegmans (HEB meets Trader Joe’s, but pricey) and Publix (Handy Andy in looks but without the culture) helped me out. Staying in the Rust Belt meant there wasn’t much to do, except for drinking, which also happens to be a great vacation spot in Miami. Moving far to the north was definitely a culture shock, as was moving to a predominantly Latino, Caribbean rather than Tejano-dominated city.

I'm sure HEB in Bandera and 1604 has its own zip code.

I’m sure HEB in Bandera and 1604 has its own zip code.

Courtesy of HEB LP

I can go on, but I’ll fight anyone who tries to say my San Antonio drivers are the worst. Yes, a lot of drivers here will zoom through four lanes to exit, never use their flash, and stack entire bedroom sets in the truck bed instead of renting the engine. Miami drivers are always rude, have an “me first” mentality (both dangerous and inconsiderate), and drive incredibly fast, even on crowded, crowded roads not intended for speeds over 40 mph. They will cut you down as if it is life or death and then get angry with you for it. To this day, my sister, who is the most reckless driver I know (I’ve slipped through the back seat and bumped my head on the roof on some occasions), still cringes at the thought of the Miami drivers.

Honestly, I sometimes wonder how I didn’t get into a car accident there. I think the Abuela prayer was keeping me safe.

No city is perfect, but if we can make it safely to Market Square during Fiesta, make friends with viejita behind you in line at HEB, or simply enjoy breakfast tacos, that’s some good life.

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