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AIA Arch+Pub Crawl


Join the AIA Emerging Professionals & Urban Affairs Committees for a tour in downtown, visiting a sampling of notable architecture starting near Houston street and stopping occasionally for a cold beverage at a few popular downtown establishments.  The tour also supports the Downtown Tuesday initiative- parking in the Houston street garage is free and there’s plenty of drink specials to be had at the stops.

Cherise Bell, Executive Director of the King William Association, will guide us as our resident expert. She’ll be offering some more in-depth information about the buildings and some other facts on the way. If you can’t make it to La Mansion by 5:30, no problem- come find us on the route. If you want a more updated location, check our Facebook page as we’ll be checking in at the different stops throughout the evening.  See also the route map below.

A couple of guidelines and recommendations:

  • A tour guide will be available to download and print from our Facebook page and from If you’re unable to hear Cherise you’ll still be able to follow along and pick up some interesting facts along the route. Check back later this week for the final tour guide packet.
  • Team up with a group of friends and share a tab at each establishment. This will help us get out the door and stay closer to the schedule.
  • As always, please drink responsibly. 

If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP to or RSVP’s aren’t required but it would be helpful to get something of head count before Tuesday.ArchPub_Map-Lg

Planning News Page and Brownfields Workshops

Planning News Page

We’ve added a new page to the site to share some of our favorite planning related websites and blogs!  Go check it out!

If you have a site that isn’t included yet, let us know.  We’d love to share it.

Brownfields Workshops

You’re invited to attend two upcoming free brownfields workshops on August 8 and 9 being co-hosted by the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University, the City of San Antonio, and the Texas Brownfields Program. Both workshops will be held at the San Antonio Public Library.  Visit the Upcoming Events page for more details.

Upcoming Webinar: The state of Takings After Koontz

The State of Takings After Koontz

Last month, the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.  In this complex 5-4 decision, the court ruled that monetary conditions attached to land use permits are now subject to the heightened scrutiny tests of nexus and rough proportionality found in Nollan and Dolan – and that these tests also apply to permit denials, as was the case here. What does this important decision mean to planners?  Depending on your point of view, this ruling could be seen to “threaten the heartland of local land use regulation” (Justice Kagan’s dissent) or it could be viewed as a minor shift in law and practice.  Because of the complexity and ambiguity of the court’s ruling, it’s not perfectly clear.  To help you understand what Koontz means, join with two of the country’s leading experts in land use law: Professor John Echeverria of Vermont Law School and Dwight Merriam, Esq., FAICP of Robinson & Cole LLP.

CM Law Pending

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Upcoming Event – Southwest Section Mini-Conference