Editorial Reply: Leave Joske's building alone


SAN ANTONIO - I have many fond memories of going to Joske's as I was growing up.
The idea of adding 23 stories, or even one for that matter, is disturbing to me.
(KSAT 12 General Manager & Vice President) Phil Lane made a statement that was both enlightening and profound: "Big cities have tall buildings." I did not know that! Did you?
So how can we preserve history and encourage growth?
Preserving historic buildings is a start to preserving history. To encourage growth, we can find an alternate location.
If it is all about progress, why not build a tall hotel above the Alamo? Or how about above my 110-year-old home?
There should be a clearly defined line for modern developers, and I would hope that the Joske's building would fall on the "no touchy" side.
I think it does sound like a fun idea, but it would open the floodgates for future development that might just compromise the integrity of our truly historic downtown. Sometimes it is not about the money, it is called character.
Thank you and let me know what you think.


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