The Rivard Report List of What’s In and Out for 2018

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg and four members of his council joke together as they wait to be presented at the Depot at Sunset Station.

Scott Ball / Rivard Report

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Council members share a laugh as they wait to be presented at the Depot at Sunset Station.

Change seemed to be the only constant this year in San Antonio. One day, an old downtown building is there, the next it’s gone, replaced by construction cranes and steel beams. And just when it seemed that Ivy Taylor was going to roll into another term as the city’s mayor, along comes Ron Nirenberg going door-to-door and pulling off an upset victory. That triggered its own cycle of change in and around City Hall.

To reflect back on all the comings and goings, and with a hat tip to the Washington Post‘s annual The List for the concept, the Rivard Report compiled its own, highly subjective list of what’s in the rearview mirror as we leave 2017 behind and head into San Antonio’s Tricentennial year.

OUT IN
Mayor Ivy Taylor Mayor Ron Nirenberg
Old barges operated by Rio San Antonio New electric river barges operated by Go Rio Cruises
Hurricane Harvey Flood preparedness
Taciturn Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich Outspoken Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich
Shopping mall food courts Food Hall at the Pearl
San Antonio Stars San Antonio FC
UTSA President Ricardo Romo UTSA President Taylor Eighmy
Kelly Field’s 100th anniversary San Antonio’s 300th anniversary
Robert E. Lee High School Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE) High School
Confederate monument in Travis Park Christmas tree in Travis Park
The old Solo Serve building Construction cranes and street closures downtown, including Frost Bank Tower
Spurs injury report Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard
Google Fiber huts Google Fiber in very select locations
Edward Benavides, Tricentennial CEO Carlos Contreras, Tricentennial Commission interim executive director
Glass walls around Alamo Plaza Shade trees on Alamo Plaza
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus State Senate President Dan Patrick
Councilman Alan Warrick (D2) Councilman Cruz Shaw (D2)
Proposed apartments near the Hays Street Bridge Views of the Hays Street Bridge
Satellite parking at San Antonio International Airport (SAT) Short-term parking at SAT
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) Twenty candidates for the 21st Congressional District
Lone Star Brewery redevelopment in Southtown Merchants Ice complex and Red Berry Estate redevelopments on the Eastside
Councilman Cris Medina (D7) Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7)
Brad Parscale Jill Giles and Kori Ashton
Bathroom bill Ashley Smith
Amazon HQ2 Hulu Viewer Experience Headquarters
Tacos and Tequila The Modernist
Local Coffee heads to Austin Rosella Coffee in downtown San Antonio

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