Rendon Retrato: Henry Cisneros

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Henry Cisneros, founder and chairman of American Cityview; mayor of San Antonio 1981-1989

Henry Cisneros, founder and chairman of CityView; former mayor of San Antonio 1981-1989. Photo by Al Rendon.

Words by Henry Cisneros:

Great cities need a mix of housing types. While the city needs to be attentive to its economic and fiscal realities, it also needs to provide housing for its workers and create the richness that comes from a vibrant streetscape. Cities have to be attentive to include housing along with commercial and retail and then to make sure there is a mix of incomes. That adds to the sense of vibrancy, it makes the city more livable, it supports amenities, and creates a city where people can perform all of the functions a city should have: places where people live, work, learn, gather and govern themselves. That ought to be the goal of creating a truly inclusive and vibrant city.


Al Rendon

Al Rendon



Al Rendon is San Antonio’s photographer. He has spent a lifetime documenting our iconic places and unique culture. You can see more of his work at


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2 thoughts on “Rendon Retrato: Henry Cisneros

  1. One of the best Mayors of San Antonio. Neither Julian nor Hardberger could step in his shoes and walk in them without losing at least one pair because those shoes are just too big, you know, because it’s Henry “the champ” Cisneros.

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