What can be done to improve public safety on San Antonio's North Saint Mary's Strip?
A recent spate of violent incidents has renewed public concern about violence on the North Saint Mary's Strip that has affected innocent bystanders and left one person dead.
Just north of Downtown San Antonio, the area known by many as "The Strip" runs along North Saint Mary's Street from Kings Court to East Locust.
The Strip is lined with bars, clubs, music venues and eateries. Vehicle and foot traffic flows steadily, especially on weekends.
These are not entirely new issues for the area — last summer the City Council representative whose district includes North St. Mary’s said it was one of his “top public safety priorities” — but after several shootings in recent weeks, the question remains: Are people safe on The Strip?
How have area businesses and patrons been affected by this recent violence?
What presence does law enforcement have there and should it be ramped up?
What are the other most pressing public safety issues on The Strip?
What more can be done to keep problems from escalating and make sure people stay safe on the North Saint Mary’s Strip?
District 1's Mario Bravo and SAPD Chief McManus will host a town hall about public safety on the North Saint Mary’s Strip at 6 p.m. on March 3 at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. Click here for more information.
- Mario Bravo, San Antonio City Council representative for District 1
- Blayne Tucker, owner of The Mix and president of the North St. Mary’s Business Owners Association
- Chad Carey, owner of Paper Tiger, Midnight Swim, Little Death and Rumble, and incoming president of the North St. Mary’s Business Owners Association
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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, August 24.