Huffington Post calls San Antonio the ‘New Austin’; we’re not convinced

Oh, San Antonio. We thought we declared peace. Alas, as the old flames of the Great Breakfast Taco War of 2016 were finally dimming, another corner of the Internet has surfaced to stoke the flames of metropolitan ego between Austin and our neighbors to the southwest.

The Huffington Post proclaims San Antonio to be the “New Austin” in a recent blog post detailing 24 hours spent in the city:

“The city is now baptized the new Austin, as many large IT companies have chosen San Antonio over Austin, for less traffic, more space, less high prices, and more working force. Some people even live in Austin and commute every day to San Antonio – the hour drive spares them the nightmarish jams at peak hours,” the post reads.

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The Texas State Capitol building in Austin.

Now, I’m no theologian, but my Lutheran school upbringing taught me that baptism is a cleansing renewal, so…you’re welcome, and may the Lord bless you and keep you? If baptizing yourself as “the New Austin” is enough to cover your sins of The Breakfast Taco War, we’re cool with that. Also, traffic is going to be bad no matter what major city you live in. It’s a feature, not a bug. Life’s all about how you look at it. And what’s more, it’s not that expensive to have a good time over here in Austin.

Anyway, the HuffPo bloggers spent 24 hours in San Antonio (but regrettably didn’t get any Mexican food— we’ll give you this much, San Antonio, you’ve got some great Mexican food). They wisely avoided the River Walk and other bastions of tourism for the lesser-crowded local areas.

Pick from one of more than 30 restaurants sprinkled along the San Antonio River Walk. credit: Mauri Elbel

The San Antonio River Walk in downtown San Antonio.
credit: Mauri Elbel

Among those “local areas”: Trader Joe’s and Whole Food in the Alamo Quarry Market. Hmm. HuffPo’s tour did include the Blue Star Arts Complex and the 20-Acre Pearl Compound, which are definite must-sees for anyone touring through San Antone.

But by no means does that make San Antonio the “New Austin.” Where else are you going to see a mural dedicated to Willie Nelson? In what other Texas city could you experience one of the top-rated parks in the country? And where else are you going to get to see bats fly out from under a bridge every night? If that’s not enough, here are 175 other reasons to love our fair capital city.

However, we do recognize that San Antonio played an important part in Texas’ history, and frankly, we don’t wanna fight no more.

But we will remember this slight, San Antonio, just as you remember the Alamo.

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