Megan Stringer
May 19, 2023 - Business

Texas' Blue Bell, Dr Pepper team up for new ice cream flavor

Blue Bell and Dr Pepper mixed into one float ice cream flavor sold in red containers.

These Texas brands are telling us it's time for summer treats. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Bell

Prepare your tastebuds and ready your spoons.

Driving the news: Blue Bell and Dr Pepper, both Texas brands, announced a new ice cream flavor yesterday: Dr Pepper float.

Downtown San Antonio recovers ahead of IPW travel show

Data: University of Toronto; Chart: Alice Feng/Axios

San Antonio's downtown activity has returned to 63% of its pre-pandemic rates, recovering faster than other major Texas cities, according to anonymized mobile device data analyzed by University of Toronto researchers.

Why it matters: Downtowns became ghost towns during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as people sought to "flatten the curve" by staying at home as much as possible.

Megan Stringer
May 12, 2023 - News

You can buy VIA bus tickets with Uber app in San Antonio

Illustration of a city bus that says "Next Stop."

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Next time you open the Uber app looking for a ride, you'll also have the option of buying bus fare in San Antonio.

Driving the news: VIA Metropolitan Transit this week began offering the choice to purchase bus tickets directly in the Uber app.

Summer at San Antonio International Airport expected to be busy

Illustration of a golden airplane wing pin with a woozy or confused emoji.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

If you're flying this summer, buckle up.

Driving the news: Airlines, aviation officials and the Transportation Security Administration are all telegraphing an alarming message for travelers: Flying is shaping up to be an absolute nightmare, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick reports.

San Antonio lawmakers push for nonstop flight to D.C.

A Southwest plane takes off with the U.S. Capitol in the background.

San Antonio area lawmakers and business leaders are pushing for a nonstop flight from San Antonio International to Reagan National Airport. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

San Antonio leaders are pushing for a nonstop flight from San Antonio International to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport just outside D.C.

What's happening: Led by Republican Rep. Chip Roy, who represents parts of San Antonio and the Hill Country, Texas officials are arguing a "perimeter rule" at Reagan National is hurting our tourism and economy. The bipartisan push includes Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-San Antonio), Axios D.C.'s Cuneyt Dil reports.

Here's how much money you need to live in San Antonio

Illustration of a hand fastening a velvet rope in front of a pile of money.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Single San Antonians without children would need about $59,000 in post-tax annual income to live comfortably in the region, per a recent SmartAsset analysis.

Why it matters: While pay has increased year over year nationally, it hasn't been enough to make up for the rising cost of living, the financial advising company says.

Megan Stringer
Apr 25, 2023 - News

New podcast focuses on San Antonio policy, politics and business

Eddie Aldrete stands behind the logo for "Beyond the Bite," his new podcast featuring conversations about local business and public policy in San Antonio.

Eddie Aldrete hosts discussions with business, government and civic leaders in San Antonio on his new podcast "Beyond the Bite." Photo: Courtesy of Eddie Aldrete

A new local podcast aims to bring together business and government leaders for discussions on politics, policy and business.

Driving the news: Eddie Aldrete launched "Beyond the Bite" last week. Recently released episodes include one about Proposition A and another featuring a local restaurant owner.

Megan Stringer
Apr 18, 2023 - News

San Antonio adds second contractor to St. Mary's Strip construction

Illustration of a road sign with shaking hands on it

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The city is bringing a second general contractor to the beleaguered St. Mary's Strip project, an uncommon move with the goal of speeding up access for local businesses — but it won't help construction wrap up faster.

Driving the news: Local general contractor E-Z Bel Construction will begin work on North St. Mary's Street on Tuesday, assistant city manager Rod Sanchez tells Axios. More than two years into construction, the company joins lead contractor SpawGlass.

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