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The “voting with your feet” phenomenon also has implications for the viability of downtown San Antonio and the entire inner city. If those who can do abandon the inner core neighborhoods in search of a “better” school or district, the result is a weakening of the entire downtown economy, and the viability of San Antonio’s older neighborhoods. It means that many neighborhoods are only likely to keep those who can’t move, or young singles or older empty nesters who need not worry about the quality of their school district. When young couples with children move further out, even out of Bexar County, they take with them their activity spending and interest, as well as the prospect of a vibrant cultural and performing arts district downtown.

Between the goal of a “decade of downtown” and the hope for real local economic development and job growth, you might think our civic and government leaders would be mounting a major push to improve local public education, ensuring a higher graduation rate across the community. Somehow we appear to be more consumed with the possible routes of a downtown streetcar system than the need for a skilled, educated workforce and a viable inner city.

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