Our home in Lavaca has become a gathering place for neighbors, school friends, community leaders, and host to many parties. But it’s not really about the house. When I first moved to Lavaca, I found a community of families who had been here for generations. –Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, Lavaca Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

In 2019 the Rivard Report launched the “Where I Live” series with the goal of showcasing our wonderful city by spotlighting its many vibrant neighborhoods. Each week a local resident invited us over and let us in on what makes their neighborhood special. While we still have many corners of San Antonio left to explore, we wanted to take a moment to look back at the stories our readers shared this year.

Abe Jaurez showed us around Five Points, where good eats and live music aren’t hard to come by. Susan Alton told us the story of her journey from Hawaii to Traveler’s World RV Resort. In King William, Shelley Galbraith explained the responsibilities that residents of historic neighborhoods take on when they move in.

James Benavides, who still lives in his childhood home, showed us his favorite comic book shop in Oak Hills. We took a stroll around Los Angeles Heights-Keystone to see the neighborhood from Dominic Gonzelez’s poetic perspective. Andrew Casillas examined the privilege that allows him to live in Monte Vista and the ways in which San Antonio was built to keep residents segregated.

James Benavides searches through comics he doesn't have in Dragon's Lair.
James Benavides searches through comics he doesn’t have in Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Mimi Quintanilla reminisced about growing up in River Road and discussed the challenges of preserving the historic neighborhood. Justin Hill gave us a peek into his little slice of heaven in North Shearer Hills, where he and his girlfriend Lynzee Villafranca share space with a peacock, peahen, and several chickens. In Southtown, Al Rendon and his brother Gerard renovated a corner building, transforming it into a photography studio and apartment – the perfect place to live and work.

Rendon Photography and Fine Art is located along historic Alamo Street in Southtown. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Cherise Rohr-Allegrini’s Lavaca fixer-upper took some work, but it has become a community gathering place, welcoming family, friends, and neighbors. The rich history of Josephine Mendoza’s Mission Historic District home goes back to the time of Tejas y Coahuila and a Republic of Texas land grant. David Robinson Jr. remarked on the exciting new energy he feels in San Antonio since moving back and into The ’68 in Hemisfair.

These are just some of the stories we were fortunate enough to share in 2019, thanks to the generous San Antonians who invited us into their homes. We look forward to visiting more neighborhoods and sharing more stories in 2020. If you’re interested in telling us about where you live, leave a comment or reach out to us at submissions@rivardreport.com.

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San Antonio Report Staff

This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.