2 San Antonio, TX: Pearl District
In San Antonio, Texas, an abandoned brewery in a former industrial district has become the center of a growing new neighborhood where none previously existed. While aided by a relatively healthy economic climate, this new neighborhood demonstrates the viability of an American city to bolster its numbers of people living, working and learning downtown. If you visit the Pearl District (locally just called “Pearl”) on a typical morning, you will find the “Local Coffee” café serving its specialty coffees to residents and commuters stopping in on their way to work. You will see young chefs in training dressed all in white as they make their way to the Culinary Institute of America at the center of Pearl’s blocks. And in the background, you’ll notice builders manning massive cranes across the landscape, including one over the historic brewhouse building that is a new boutique hotel and hub of the district.