SA Tomorrow
Westside Community Area

A History of the Westside Area

Westside is Mahncke Park, Westfort, Tobin Hill, Uptown/St. Anne’s, and Five Points.

Westside’s history runs deep. Native Americans, 18th century missionaries, canary island immigrants, 1920’s era families, and some of San Antonio’s great organizers all made lives and community here. Supported by the San Antonio River and San Pedro Springs Creek for over ten thousand years, Westside is still home to a vibrant and diverse mix of people, and as it has before, it is changing.

The landscape bears signs of the past. Some streets follow historic acequia routes. Large canopied trees and historic homes mark the street car neighborhoods that some families have called home for multiple generations, and that are drawing newcomers alike. The old Pearl Brewery building, Aurora building, and historic parks remind us of eras when some prosperity and vision enabled the community to invest in the future. The rivers that have drawn people for millennia continue to do so. The rich history of organized social capital and community service are evident in the area’s associations, non-profit sector, and stories told to us by residents.

As the people and businesses of Westside continue making history, we are standing on a solid foundation.

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Planning Administrator – Citywide Planning Division


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