Lessons in Urbanization


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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