City Guide: Your 2011 essential handbook for San Antonio living 

Editor's Note

The San Antonio we’ve known and cherished as a quintessential small town in a burgeoning big city wrapper is increasingly going public. With a few well-placed strokes — not least among them a resuscitation of our river and creekways as verdant public corridors, a willingness to showcase the talents of our artists and creative classes, and an investment in the livability of our downtown neighborhoods — San Antonio is being introduced to herself anew through the combined efforts of dedicated and too-often unsung community champions. By way of reintroductions, the Current staff has assembled City Guide, a showcase of some of the best our community offers. It’s our way of expressing our abiding awe for this lively, sometimes raucous, town. And it comes with our encouragement: drink deep of San Antonio, you won’t be disappointed. — Greg Harman


Two Wheels Good

San Antonio working to make the city bike friendlier



Salvaged slivers of wilderness


River Walk

River Walk reaches for Mission Espada


Alt Groceries

Explore San Antonio's unique grocery stores

List of farmers markets in Saytown


Own up, SA!

Current euthanasia rates for homeless animals in San Antonio, status of the No-Kill by 2012 initiative, and spay/neuter clinics near you


Hard-luck plaza

Despite snags along the way, downtown's Main Plaza on list of great public spaces


Waste-not: Recycling 101

City Council sets goal of 60-percent recycling rate city-wide by 2020



San Antonio's Mayor Julián Castro

Truth, justica, etc.: List of our city's indispensible freedom fighters

Text patrol: City enforcing new texting-while-driving ban


Medical Mecca

Top-rate hospitals continue to be one of San Antonio's fastest-growing industries


Year of the Southside

SA's Southside about to get a facelift


Re-remember the Alamo

New book turns most of the popular beliefs of the 1836 siege on their head


Spanish is the new Chinese

San Antonio's mother-tongue and list of where you can take Spanish classes (or Chinese, or Hindi, for that matter)


Essential Arts

Cultural Cachet: Support a local gallery, fill your social calendar

Ask the Experts: Reasons to pay attention to San Antonio arts in 2011


Essential Eats

Restaurants for 2011

Ask the Experts: What to watch on the local food scene in 2011

Pearl Brewery: In-fill's crown jewel

Late-night eats: Great tastes, drunk or sober


Essential Bars & Venues

Bars & venues for 2011


Essential Music

Ask the Experts: Reasons to tune into SA music in 2011

Still Hogwild after all these years, and more Indie record stores


Essential Entertainment

Laugh your ass off: SA’s comedy movement rejuvenated

Where you can see Indie film screenings in San Antonio




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