The downtown San Antonio area is changing rapidly — the steriodic growth around the Pearl, the gentrification of the near East Side, the west end’s metamorphosis with the Frost Tower and San Pedro Creek Culture Park, etc. We’re here to chronicle that change.
The San Antonio Heron launched in June 2018 as a nonprofit news organization dedicated to producing thoroughly-reported and clearly-written stories about the changing downtown. We aim to update our site once a day (at least) and deliver a Sunday newsletter with fresh content.
We exist to inform our readers. It’s that simple. We don’t do our journalism for personal gain, for awards, or for vanity.
One topic of focus is how local policies intended to spur downtown growth are changing nearby communities. A trend for San Antonio of late has been an influx of luxury apartments, backed by city incentives, in the downtown area. We report extensively on this trend. We’re not pro gentrification nor anti gentrification. We’re journalists. And our goal is to ask questions and write stories that explore all sides of the issue.
We also cover general news, write human interest stories, and report on restaurants and nightlife.
We mainly self-financed for now, with a little help from our readers through Patreon — patreon.com/saheron. As we begin to procure sponsorships, large donations and grants, we’ll list those here.