The city of San Antonio, is rapidly growing. This is both good and bad. In many ways there is still a small town feel, which many people like, but you can't get around the fact that the metropolitan statistical area is over 7,000 square miles. In the growth, there is development in most parts of town.
The Southside of town, for many years was slower to develop, but has been making a lot of new development to the south, especially since the opeining of the new Toyota Plant on that side of town. There is also a lot of redevelopment and development in the area called Southtown, just south of Downtown. This is also a very artsy area with several nice galleries and some very nice restaurants in the area.
Downtown is seeing some refurbishment and redevelopment of older buildings and some new building of residential space mostly in the form of condos and apartments. Though there are some very nice historic areas downtown.
The east side has had the least development, not to suggest there are not really nice people living there. But it is the least developed area of the city.
Southwest is seeing development slowly, but it is beginning to grow.
The Northwest from around Sea World north is rapidly growing with a lot of new development and new businesses building.
North Central is currently the most rapidly developing area of the city, having grown 66% in the last 12 years. And Northeast has long been an established growth area along the I-35 corridor towards Austin.
As far as housing, there are nice developments throughout the city, but the areas in the northern half of the city seem to be the more rapidly growing, and where there are better housing choices for the most part.
As far as school districts, in Bexar County, there are three very strong school districts which stand out above the others in academic acheivement. These are North East Independent School District, North Side Independent School District, and Alamo Heights School District. Northside is the largest school district in the metropolitan area, and had 9 schools in the Best schools in Texas rankings for 2007. Alamo Heights High School was in the best schools in Texas rankings for 2007, and North East ISD had 15 schools in the best schools in Texas rankings for 2007.
As far as likes...I really like the predominately friendly attitude of most people in the city, and the almost constant celebratory feel, due to the many festivals and events in the area. Also, being 21/2 hours from the coast,it is close enough to drive down for a nice weekend, but far enough away that the weather fronts don't significantly affect the area. The Hill country to the north gives you an outdoor paradise, with rivers, hills and lakes, and a lot of widelife, plus many wonderful towns, and a very nice wine country.
Dislikes, the traffic is not as good as it could be, and the city planning has not kept up with the need. But that has to be expected as rapidly as the city is growing. The city's Via metro bus system is nice, but is limited in some areas, and there is not a rapit transit system as is needed in a city this size.
But still, I would never want to live anywhere else.
By the way, I was living in Oklahoma, before I moved back to San Antonio this last time.
EDIT: By the way, Just as a note...To respond to a couple of comments from westguy above. I have lived in San Antonio off and on all of my life, and while there are some people with the inevitable, "I will work for food" and "Homeless Vet Please Help" signs on some of the major corners, I have seen those in every city I have ever been in, Including Denver. I have never had a begger come to my door, and I have never had one in my neighborhood that I can recall, and I have lived in 10 different areas of the city over the years (including once on the east side), so I don't think I am isolated here.
As far as the humidity, it is higher than parts of the central US, because we get the winds from the Pacific from across western Mexico and from the Gulf of Mexico, but that is also the reason for our rather temperate weather. When I lived in southern Oklahoma, the humidity was lower, but in the summer the temperature was usually hotter, and in the winter it was always colder. And since I have lived in San Antonio, I have never had to go throw canvas over a friends house because a tornado blew part of it away. And while we do get snow every 10 years, it rarely last past noon.
I think you would love the area if you move here.
Additional Information: Subsidized Housing is managed through the San Antonio Housing Authority.
San Antonio Housing Authority
818 S. Flores St
San Antonio, TX 78204
You can also contact the property managers who can help you with the information. Currently there is a waiting list for Section 8 subsidized housing in San Antonio, the waiting list is also currently closed, as there enough applicants on the list for the current 24 month waiting period.