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July 4, 2021

We've been producing journalism in the public interest for 3 years, with the aim of covering downtown San Antonio area growth like no other news outlet, and we have no plans to stop any time soon. But we need your help to keep this critical work going strong.
We have until Wednesday, July 7, to meet our 2021 Birthday Campaign goal of $20,000. With $6,888 raised so far thanks to the generosity of our readers, we have a ways to go. This is vital revenue that helps cover our operating expenses and fuels the truth-seeking, in-depth journalism that you rely on.

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Now through Wednesday, July 7, the H. E. Butt Foundation will double your one-time gift (up to $5,000). Or, become a monthly donor and the foundation will match the value of a full year.

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

» Ben Olivo, Heron editor,

Analysis: Lone Star District tops list of city’s largest incentive packages

The $24 million incentive package that developers GrayStreet Partners and Midway received in May to redevelop the Lone Star Brewery is the largest San Antonio has awarded for an urban development project, according to an analysis of public records from the city.
📝 Richard Webner @RWebner | Heron contributor
📸 Isaiah Alonzo@Isaiah__Alonzo | Heron contributor

Rammed earth. Giant screws as piers. San Antonio building sustainable housing that’s also affordable

In an effort to set a precedent for sustainable housing that's also affordable, San Antonio Affordable Housing Inc., a nonprofit branch of the city, plans to build two experimental homes on the far East Side, one using earthen materials for its walls.
📝 Maggie Ryan | @m_rrye | Heron reporter
📸 City of San Antonio

River Walk getting Houston steakhouse

Houston-based Landry’s Inc. is looking to open Brenner's Steakhouse, which also hails from Houston, inside a 7,000-square-foot building on the River Walk. The building, 215 Losoya St., last housed Gourdough’s, the Austin-based donut eatery, which succumbed to Covid last year. It faces Losoya as well as the River Walk. On Wednesday, Landry’s representatives are scheduled to ask the Historic and Design Review Commission for modifications to the River Walk patio. It’s unclear when Brenner’s Steakhouse is scheduled to open.
📝 San Antonio Heron
📸 Landry's Inc.

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Fundraising campaign coming to a close
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7
The Backyard on Broadway, 2411 Broadway

Our Birthday Fundraising Campaign isn’t over just yet. As we begin our fourth year of writing in-depth articles about downtown San Antonio and inner city neighborhoods, there's still time to contribute to our cause. We invite you to join us at The Backyard on Broadway (our first time there!) and show your support for local journalism! Plus, we’ll have door prizes, including H-E-B gift cards, Bunz Handcrafted Burgers and Good Time Charlie's gift cards, and more prizes! Want to contribute a prize or support the event? Email
Bexar County, Weston Urban to partner on apartments at Continental Hotel
Cattleman Square Lofts project in west downtown gets design approval
San Antonio-New Braunfels median income rises to $74,100. Here's why it matters
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» Rosella Coffee to debut new wine bar, extended hours at flagship location (SAN ANTONIO CURRENT)
What we're reading
» How Atlanta's public housing created space for Black women to organize (NEXT CITY)

» This community leader is building an Africatown to fight gentrification in Seattle's Central District (BLACK ENTERPRISE)

» Like Airbnb, but for Flophouses (THE NEW REPUBLIC)
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Compiled by Ben Olivo, Heron editor | 210-421-3932 | @rbolivo on Twitter

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