One of the famous and notable features of San Antonio, is the River Walk, which ties together many of the downtown points of interest. A dam on the San Antonio river keeps a constant level and there is flourishing restaurant and bar scene punctuated by public art and surrounded by hotels. Understandably, it’s a tourist attraction and works well with the big conventions that the city hosts.
The River Walk adds dimensionality to the city with an active pedestrian area, below the traditional streets, for a two tiered effect. Business often have entrances at the river level as well as the city street level. When I first moved to Austin, some 25 years ago, I always brought out-of-towners to San Antonio — there’s a lot more touristy things to do. As much as I love Austin, I don’t think it’s particularly interesting for tourists, except for, perhaps, the live music venues.
I took this photo right outside the Lila Cockrell Theater, this past Friday. I didn’t have time to make many images, so I do need to go back for an extend photo outing. Sections of the River Walk nicely blends old and new for worthwhile urban landscapes. The busy pedestrian area is also ideal for street photography.
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