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July 11, 2021

Now that our first Birthday Fundraising Campaign has ended, it feels like we've officially entered our fourth year of publishing stories about downtown and neighborhood change in San Antonio. We still have two more fundraisers this year in The Big Give (Sept. 23) and NewsMatch (Nov. 1-Dec. 31). For now, we're done asking you for money (sort of).

That said, it dawned on us that the vast majority of our revenue actually comes from reader and foundation support. What was true the day we launched is still true today: We have 100% editorial independence. So, thank you for that.

Soon, we'll finish tallying the total amount raised during our campaign, and we'll let you know how we did. If you didn't get a chance to donate, we're always accepting:

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Now, here's a look at the news you may have missed.

» Ben Olivo, Heron editor,

Housing in San Antonio at crossroads with expired downtown incentive policy, new council members

When it comes to housing, the early 2020s will likely mark another turning point for San Antonio, with new council members, an expired downtown incentive policy and a vastly expanded housing bond coming next year.
📝 Richard Webner @RWebner | Heron contributor
📸 Isaiah Alonzo@Isaiah__Alonzo | Heron contributor

Home repair programs rebuild lives, but they're not without critics

Since 2016, the city has spent $26.5 million repairing the homes of struggling San Antonians through a variety of programs. Expanding on the equity lens concept the city first adopted in 2017, the home repair program is now attempting to correct the inequities of the past.
📝 Emily Drisch | @partylkeits1999 | Heron contributor
📸 Chris Stokes | @_chrisstokes_ | Heron contributor

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Leeds building restoration in west downtown approved
Here's a look at the Leeds building restoration plans on West Commerce, which include repairing masonry and wood windows.
📝 Ben Olivo | @rbolivo | Heron editor
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Rammed earth. Giant screws as piers. San Antonio building sustainable housing that’s also affordable
Analysis: Lone Star District tops list of city’s largest incentive packages
Bexar County, Weston Urban to partner on apartments at Continental Hotel
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Other headlines
» Mystery solved: What is that siren in downtown San Antonio? (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS)

» Fiesta San Antonio Commission sells Broadway office and store to local developer (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS)

» Developer David Adelman: 'This will be a rapid recovery.' (SAN ANTONIO CURRENT)
What we're reading
» What a national guaranteed income could look like (BLOOMBERG CITYLAB)

» A landlord says her tenants are terrorizing her. She can’t evict them. (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

» Fighting displacement in Uptown has gone on for 200 years. A new project tells the story of those who’ve been pushed out (CHICAGO BLOCKC CLUB)
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Compiled by Ben Olivo, Heron editor | 210-421-3932 | @rbolivo on Twitter

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