In the mid-1800s, San Antonio’s King William District, a part of Southtown, was an immigrant German community referred to as "Sauerkraut Bend" by many non-German San Antonians. Later it became a fashionable neighborhood of stately homes and shade trees, and still later the area experienced a decline. Today's King William District is often described in contradictions: old and new, traditional and hip. What was once an elegant 19th century neighborhood left to decay has been revitalized with new art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Corps members living in the King William District often share historic single family houses or apartments in one of the nearby complexes.
Ask locals what they love about San Antonio and they’ll tell you it’s the city’s friendly community, rich Latino heritage, low cost of living, and relaxed lifestyle. While it’s rightfully known as Military City, USA and for its thriving tourism industry, San Antonio has recently boomed thanks to a diversifying economy specializing in innovative fields such as bio-medicine, cyber security, and green technology.
Corps members in San Antonio will work primarily within the borders of Highway Loop 410, which includes The San Antonio Independent School District, the city’s oldest school system. Since the SAISD extends over a large portion of San Antonio’s inner city, corps members can choose to live in many convenient, interesting neighborhoods in various parts of town. With over 10 colleges and universities across the city, it’s no surprise that San Antonio has excellent housing options for young professionals. And the city’s low cost of living means finding an affordable home or apartment is easily done.
Among the events not to be missed in San Antonio are Fiesta, an annual two week festival that celebrates the region’s heritage and supports over 100 local non-profits, and First Fridays, when numerous art galleries open up to the public and local artisans sell their wares along the sidewalks of Southtown as live music fills the air.
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