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The Source: Will Reviving St Mary's Strip Revive Past Problems?

Dec 29, 2015

The St. Mary's strip lost most of its traffic after the construction of Highway 281 north, but the late 1980s and early '90s marked the resurgence of the strip as a bar scene so prolific an estimated 15,000 turned out for an MTV promoted street party.

The partying was too much for the area though and it became a victim of its own success, with the strip fading from bar-going crowd's radar. The noise, crowds, trash, and crime that ensued during this time period has a lot of current homeowners a little worried as they see a new St Mary's strip coming to fruition with restaurants, bars and more. 

Can the area learn from its past or will it fall into bad cycles again?

Guests:

  • Brian Chasnoff, columnist for the San Antonio Express-News
  • William Kushner, outgoing president of the Tobin Hill Community Association
  • Blayne Tucker, owner of The Mix, a bar known for its live music on St. Mary's Street.