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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Dear Heron readers,

The city's 2022-2027 bond election and the state's constitutional amendment election are here as early voting continues through Tuesday, May 3. If you haven't voted, we have two stories today to get you situated on the issues. Tomorrow, look for more coverage on these two important votes. Election day is Saturday, May 7.

We also update you on the sale of the historic Exchange Building across from the Greyhound. Plus, smaller updates on the MujerArtes' Mother's Day sale of clay wares, which runs all week, an update on the San Antonio Book Festival (May 21), and the reemergence of the Pearl's Summer Night Market., which starts Wednesday.

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Now, here's a look at the news you may have missed.
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As San Antonio mulls $150M affordable housing bond, city celebrates apartments built from 2017 bond

✍️: Richard Webner @rwebner | Heron contributor
📸: Ben Olivo | Heron editor

If the $150 million housing bond passes, it will greatly expand the city’s role in creating and preserving affordable housing, but it's not entirely unprecedented. Read more.

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✍️Richard Webner @RWebner | Heron contributor
📸: Ben Olivo @rbolivo | Heron editor

Built in 1925, the Exchange Building had served as offices before going vacant by the time a local group purchased it in 1988. The San Antonio Housing Trust Foundation came on as a partner in 1992, when the renovations were done. Read more.

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» "Mi Madres, Mi Amiga" is a Mother's Day exhibit and sale at the MujerArtes women's clay cooperative, run by the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, on the West Side. It runs Monday, May 2, through Saturday, May 7, at the MujerArtes studio, 816 S. Colorado St. The studio is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Read more.

» The San Antonio Book Festival, which takes place May 21 at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art, has released its official schedule packed with more than 90 national, regional and local authors. The event is free and runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Read more. 

» The Pearl's Summer Night Market returns on Wednesday, May 4, with an array of products and grub from more than 40 local vendors and the musical stylings of The Brothers WayFare. The fair takes place 5-9 p.m. every other Wednesday. Here the complete schedule:
» May 18, performance by Mariachi Las Coronelas
» June 1, performance by Noah Harris
» June 15, performance by Spud Sims
» July 6, performance by Kathryn Legendre
» July 20, performance by Juliette McConkey
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Weston Urban names 32-story apartment tower in downtown San Antonio: 300 Main
New affordable housing model in Texas takes shape on East Side
City Council approves new agreement with Zachry for long-delayed Hemisfair project
News roundup
» The Texas Research and Technology Foundation has expanded its near-East Side footprint by purchasing the former G.J. Sutton building site, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

» The Frost Tower has been pulled off the market by its ownership group, which includes San Antonio developer Weston Urban, the Express-News reports.

» Two City Council members are proposing the city create a task force that would look at how to better protect construction workers from summer heat, the Express-News reports.
What we're reading
» Desperate for housing, Austin seeks relief in rezoning (BLOOMBERG CITYLAB)
» How one architect’s radical ideas about nature changed American cities forever (INVERSE)
» Housing shortage, soaring rents squeeze U.S. college students (AP)
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Compiled by Ben Olivo, Heron editor | 210-421-3932 | @rbolivo on Twitter

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