Lessons in Urbanization

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At the very core of me is the fact that I am a suburban girl. Yes, the city was never far and I did visit often most of my time was spent in the shadow of Dallas right in the middle of Dallas and Ft. Worth. I moved to the San Antonio which is undoubtedly a city it’s incredibly different from my suburban paradise and even the proper city I call the proud part of my past. In my time in the city here are a few things I’ve learned.

  • I am now recently afraid of dogs after being nearly attacked by wild dogs waiting for buses and walking through poorly designed parking structures.
  • I don’t like happening upon people in various stupors on the stoops of businesses.
  • This city moves at a ridiculously slow place.
  • I find tourists even more obnoxious than ever before.
  • I am amazed with how antiquated at time this city is and what it means in the grander scheme of city planning. People still can find and still use payphones.
  • I am incredibly surprised how far I can get with without a car between the buses and my own two feet. And now that I have a car I’m surprised how many places I now can reach.
  • I am also incredibly surprised with all of this access some places are still tortuously inaccessible.
  • There are a few very nice buses here: my question is why there aren’t more of them?
  • There are more houses of predatory lending here than I have ever seen. These establishments prey on those who need financial help most and trap them in a spiral of debt. I see plenty on my ride home from work.
  • The food scene here is very rapidly changing. I’m happy to be in the middle of it while I tell tourists to visit plastic haunts, I savor the bounty of now being a local.
  • I’m amazed that San Antonio is a young and old city simultaneously and there seems to be no middle ground.
  • San Antonio on a whole seems to be a city of no middle ground: the housing issues here are interesting either apartments are very expensive or designated for low-income housing.
  • It seems like the new emergence of a middle class here has posed a few issues, I look forward to seeing them resolved.
  • Now that I’m driving, I do love that I can leave the city and visit plenty of other locations.
  • I’ve gotten use to a wide variety of noises.
  • I have no idea how to make friends as an adult in this city that doesn’t involve stomaching the bar scene or frolicking around other hipster locations that I normally frequent. Like how do we do that? Is there a Tinder for friends?
  • There is something to be said about a sensible flat shoe in the city.
  • First Friday is pretty magical.
  • I do love South Town.
  • Come to think of it, most of the arts districts are where I’ll likely be found.
  • But bigger city does mean more history and ARCHIVES. ARCHIVES.

This is a short one and maybe I’ll add to it as I learn more. But I will say whenever I leave Dallas, I am miserable leaving the skyline. When I return to Dallas, the skyline is what greets me: I love the glitter of artificial Suns and man’s desire to blanket the sky with its own burning effigies. I’m a suburban girl by nature, but a city girl at heart.

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Amanda.Actually

I'm just your everyday girl with a keen eye for what's really happening. Be prepared for wit, humor and Dr. Who references. Loves include anime, writing, eating sweets, art and visits to the park to feed the ducks.

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