As eagerly anticipated as the Academy Awards. Not.

Thanks so much, John Branch,

Okay, the biannual roundup of what posts you read most during the past year is not exciting, but it always interests me.

As usual, he Alamo floats up near the top. While lots of you read my “Dear Mayor” post, it seemed to have little impact at City Hall despite its direct delivery to the inboxes of the 11. I actually was writing about the Alamo some yesterday, slipping Alamo politics into the historic fiction manuscript on which I am focusing. The passionate stands and debates about the Alamo and its plaza a century ago differ little from those of today.

You hold the King William neighborhood and Brackenridge Park dear as well. And am hoping some of our recent travels help serve as inspiration or guides for yours.

The numbers in parentheses represent the rankings from six months ago:

  1. Dear Mayor and City Council: Please don’t surrender Alamo Plaza, 2017
  2. The Madarasz Murder Mystery: Might Helen Haunt Brackenridge Park?, 2012 (2)
  3. What’s up top counts, 2017
  4. Brackenridge Park: ‘Is it still a postcard place?,’ 2017
  5. Postcards from San Antonio a Century Ago, 2016 (3)
  6. Postcard from Guanajuato, Mexico: Wishing these dining spots were not 600 miles away, 2016 (12)
  7. How would you feel about the Alamo with a crewcut?, 2011 (6)
  8. Thanks to the Mister on his day for persistence in obtaining my Mother’s Day present, 2017
  9. Introducing Otto Koehler through a Prohibition politics caper of yesteryear, 2016 (11)
  10. Postcard from Bologna, Italy: Volunteering to eat at E’Cucina Leopardi everyday, 2016
  11. Please put this song on Tony’s pony and make it ride away, 2010 (4)
  12. Postcard from Campeche, Mexico: Sittin’ on Campeche Bay, 2017

Thanks for dropping by periodically. Love hearing your feedback.

A Good Year for Goodyear

The Board of Directors of San Antonio’s Inner City Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) approved $694,002 to fund the Southtown Street Enhancement Project.  According to the City of San Antonio’s website:    

The project will include curb bulb-outs, making more permanent the existing parallel parking along S. Alamo Street and take the street down to one lane in each direction. The curb bulb-outs will provide several benefits to include narrowed street intersections for shorter pedestrian crossings that will naturally calm traffic speeds, and added sidewalk/curb area that will allow for larger street planting areas outside of the overhead lines.   

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The tire tracks on this bulb-out "enhancement" on South Alamo Street clearly indicate its effectiveness in calming traffic.


In other words, the bulb-outs function much the way bumpers do in pinball machines, bouncing the cars of unsuspecting tourists and inattentive motorists (of which Southtown evidently has many) back into the roadway where they belong.   

The success of the project can be measured by the lines of cars backed up on St. Mary’s and Alamo Streets trying to enter the Southtown business obviously benefiting the most from the installation of the bulb-outs in the King William neighborhood:  

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Prediction: The completion of Southtown's bulb-outs mean a good year is ahead for Goodyear.

Update on January 6, 2011:  Just noticed the bulb-outs on South Alamo Street are no longer naked.  White lines also seem to help drivers keep from ramming into the concrete.  This crepe myrtle blooming  in the spring should be beautiful, but drivers exiting Turner will be unable to see if any vehicles are coming from the south….  Maybe the neighborhood needs a new body shop?