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Former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger Talks Alamo Plan, Land Bridge Opening, Local Pandemic Response

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Kathleen Creedon
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Phil Hardberger served two terms as Mayor of the City of San Antonio from 2005 to 2009, and is considered by many to be one of the city’s most successful mayors.

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Hardberger recently signed on to a letter sent by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff to Mayor Ron Nirenberg voicing concerns about certain aspects of the plan to overhaul Alamo Plaza and surrounding areas, which is currently at a standstill after the Texas Historical Commission denied plans to relocate the Cenotaph. What are their concerns? How was this input received by current City leadership?

The former mayor has also been heavily invested in work on the new Robert L.B. Tobin Bridge that connects Hardberger Park from east to west. The $23 million, project features a 150-foot-wide natural crossing over Wurzbach Parkway, and is scheduled to open to the public on Friday, Dec. 11. How was the bridge funded and how could it improve experiences for both park-goers and area wildlife?

Phil Hardberger joins "The Source" to discuss Alamo-area redevelopment and the land bridge's unveiling, as well as local government efforts to respond to the pandemic's public health and economic impacts and how San Antonio can build back better in its wake.

Guest: Phil Hardberger, former San Antonio Mayor and president of the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy

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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, December 10.