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The San Antonio City Council voted to 8-2 to renew incentives for developers to help create thousands of housing units downtown.

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When we think of “urban renewal,” trendy coffee shops and shopping centers often come to mind. But what about the people living in the zones destined for demolition? Yolanda Chávez Leyva, a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, was on the front lines in the fight to save the people and the history of El Paso’s oldest neighborhood: Barrio Duranguito.

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A skyscraper has not been built in San Antonio since the 1980s. But the skyline is going to get a facelift with the addition of a new office tower. On Monday, the city, Frost, and Weston Urban announced further details on how the public-private partnership would look and shape the future of the city center.

The new deal was first announced last June with few details, but the plans are now public. The idea came from Weston Urban founder Graham Weston who said this was the birth of a new central business district for downtown.“Over the last decade, the downtowns have been given a new direction by the demand of young people to live downtown, demand from empty nesters to live downtown.”

The deal will swap several city buildings, including the Municipal Plaza Building where the City Council meets, next to San Fernando Cathedral, in exchange for the existing Frost Bank Tower on Houston St.  

From Texas Standard:

Tough economic times can stimulate creative ways for cities to save or raise money. Sure, you could trim the workforce, or raise taxes to help fund urban renewal projects, but one Texas town is thinking a bit bigger: They want to take it to the silver screen.

This is the first in a two-part story about Wal-Mart. Listen to Part 1 above, and tune into Morning Edition Thursday to hear Part 2.

The corner of First and H streets in downtown Washington, D.C., is a reflection of the changing face of the nation's capital. From here, you can see the Capitol dome, while across the street are a concrete public housing complex and a hip new Peruvian chicken restaurant.

You can also see a new Wal-Mart.