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SAN ANTONIO HERON
THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
Sept. 19, 2021

Dear Heron faithful,

The time has come, once again, for us to ask you for money. The Big Give is this Thursday, Sept. 23, but the San Antonio-wide campaign opened up a few days ago. If you're not familiar, The Big Give is a huge fundraising campaign for nonprofits in San Antonio—we, at the Heron, being one of them.

We've been producing independent journalism for almost 3½ years. And, so far, the majority of our funding comes from these types of campaigns. In other words, we are primarily funded by you, our readers. Will you help us sustain our mission by donating via The Big Give?

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

[  HISTORIC PRESERVATION  ]
'Laredito' brothel, orphanage in west downtown closer to landmark status

The 1883 Dashiell House, once a brothel in the red-light district before serving as an orphanage for decades, is now eligible to become a local landmark—against the will of its owner.

The city thought the building was already a landmark until its owner—a company managed by Douglas Miller, of the Bill Miller Bar-B-Q family—asked for permission to demolish it, whereupon city staff couldn’t find records showing it had been declared one.


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📝 Richard Webner @RWebner | Heron contributor

📸 Ben Olivo @downtownsanantonio | Heron editor

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[  MUSIC  ]

"They made a permit for us where there was none," Jeff Wheeler, one of the Echo Bridge Appreciation Society's co-organizers, said of the San Antonio River Authority.

After staying a "secret" for months, the Echo Bridge pop-up gigs got the OK from the San Antonio River Authority and are now legit. They’ve hosted Sam Gendel, claire rousay, and Bob Livingston, and have an eclectic fall slate planned, starting with Little Mazarn tonight.


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📝 Josh Feola @joshfeola | Heron contributor
📸 Tyler Smith @tysmithphotos | Heron contributor

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[  TRANSACTIONS  ]

Urban Genesis, which has built numerous apartment projects in the urban cores of Austin, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth, plans to begin construction in mid-2022 on the apartments, which will be three to four stories tall.

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📝 Richard Webner @RWebner | Heron contributor
📸 Ben Olivo @downtownsanantonio | Heron editor

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[  FOOD & DRINK  ]
Broadway Delicatessen, now serving sandwiches, pizza, opens on Broadway
Broadway Delicatessen, which opened recently at 118 Broadway, serves signature sandwiches, along with soups, salads and pizza by the slice.

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📝📸 Rocky Garza Jr. @rockssjr | Heron contributor
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[ IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ]
Massive $250M housing bond proposed for election next May
In May 2022, you'll be asked to vote on a $250 million housing bond. First you've heard of it? Here's what we know:

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📝 Ben Olivo @rbolivo | Heron editor
📸 Isaiah Alonzo @isaiah__alonzo | Heron contributor
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New York firm plans to buy and renovate historic Aurora Apartments in Tobin Hill
Midtown TIRZ board approves up to $7M for Encore apartments
Who’s served by truly affordable housing? Meet the Medinas
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News roundup
  • Camille Rosengren, owner of the former Rosengren's Books, a legendary bookstore for decades in downtown S.A., died last week at her River Road home. The Express-News' Rene Guzman wrote a touching obituary. Read more.

  • The Hyatt Regency San Antonio is scheduled for a $19.8 million makeover, which includes renovating 629 guest rooms, the Express-News reports. Read more.

  • The Alameda Theater recently received more public funding—$7 million from the Houston Street Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone—toward the $37 million renovation, the Express-News reported recently. Read more.
What we're reading
» Lessons from the rise and fall of the pedestrian mall (BLOOMBERG CITYLAB)

» In defense of the 'gentrification building' (VOX)

» Egypt is building a $4.5 billion high-speed rail line (THE NEW YORK TIMES)
Our mission
You're still here! So you know ... the San Antonio Heron is committed to reporting on downtown growth and the ripple effect it has on inner city neighborhoods, while mentoring local students interested in serving their community through storytelling.

Will you help us sustain our mission by donating via The Big Give, PayPal and Patreon?
Compiled by Ben Olivo, Heron editor
ben@saheron.com | 210-421-3932 | @rbolivo on Twitter

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