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Old Posted Apr 7, 2009, 4:06 AM
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Originally Posted by KevinFromTexas View Post
I wouldn't call San Antonio southwestern though. It does have some characteristics of southwestern cities, and more than the rest of big Texas cities do, except for El Paso. Things like culture reflect that region, though the architecture of the city is less Southwestern. San Antonio probably has some, but it doesn't have many adobe homes like the other southwestern cities do.

Austin is also in no way southwestern. If Austin is Southwestern, then Fort Worth is Eastern.

On a trip to Albuquerque once, I noted how different the area felt from Texas. Of course, I've never been to El Paso, so I suppose I could change my mind.
I don't consider San Antonio southwestern just because of the culture. I look at geographic location, terrain, and vegetation.

I consider the boundary line of the southwest to be the far west side of Fort Worth.

Texas Live Oak and prickly pear cactus only grow in areas with dry soil. These grow starting west of Fort Worth and straight down to Corpus and westward on. I put San Antonio about 55 miles inside the Southwest, and Austin about 10 miles. Eastern Travis County doesn't have southwest vegetation or topography, and is on the border between the Southwest and South. Of course this is all my opinion, but I think it's a fairly well educated opinion

Oh, and you know how the music festival is called South by Southwest.....that's exactly how I would describe Austin's geographical location......downtown and westward is in the Southwest, while the far east side and the rest of eastern Travis county is in the South.

And...having lived in North Texas for 20 years, I can tell you that Austin and San Antonio are in the southwest and not because of the culture
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