San Antonio Streets Suck
The Awful Maze
In this new era of GPS devices, some may question the relevance of this article, but I'm willing to bet that there are people out there, as you read this, pulling their hair out trying to find locations, and their sanity, in Downtown San Antonio, TX.
Remember the Alamo? I hope you remember how you found your way to the Alamo, and remember how to get back to your car or hotel room. I'm convinced that the city planners, anticipating General Santa Anna's return, purposely designed the downtown streets as a maze in the hopes of confusing and frustrating and totally demoralizing any future invading armies from the South. It's unfortunate that this spaghetti bowl of streets serves to do this to the the city's tourists and inhabitants instead.
Below, I've compiled a list of (almost) all the sadistically constructed components of the labyrinth that comprises the center of the Alamo City. Please enjoy contemplating how heinous of a monstrosity man can create to shatter the soul of a fellow human being.
Designed to Confuse Motorists
List of Illogical Roadway Situations in and around Downtown San Antonio
(in no particular order, to further illustrate the chaos)
Monstrous Intersection at Main, San Pedro, Camden , and Romana
Weird Intersection at Alamo
St. and Probandt
St . (appears to be a T-intersection where Alamo St. would end if going South, but Alamo St. makes turn and goes West).
Weird Intersection at Presa, Labor, and Carolina
Weird Intersection at Alamo , Presa, and Camargo
Surprise Name Switches (not including those of streets that elbow together).
San Saba and Quincey
Jackson St. and Buffalo Run
San Pedro and Main
Navaro, Romana, Main , and San Pedro
Houston St , 3rd St , and Martin St
Dallas St and Erie Ave
St. Mary’s and Navarro
St. Mary’s St and Jones Ave
St. Mary’s, Underpass, and Roosevelt Ave
St. Mary’s and 9th St .
13th St, Roy Smith street and back to 13th Street
Auditorium Circle and Avenue A and Richmond Avenue
Lexington Ave , 4th Street , and Bowie
Rossy, and Pecan
Alamo St and Frio St .
Broadway, La Soya, and Alamo St .
Alamo St. and Parieda St .
Dolorosa and Market St .
Laredo St. and Santa Rosa Ave
El Paso and Arsenal St .
Washington St. and Pancoast St .
Labor St and Suerte St
Labor St and Florida St .
Refugio St and Camargo St and Barrera St .
Lavaca and Santos St
Mission Rd and Lone Star
Mission Rd and Grove Ave.
Carle Ave and King Roger
Bank St and Steves St
Cass Ave and Mokert St
Eagleland Dr and Carolina
Edwards and Lubbock
Fragmented Streets (Street Disappears and Reappears Elsewhere).
Dallas St .
3rd St .
Labor St .
Sheridan St .
Streets that Stagger (Street seems to end at T-intersection but continues at another T-intersection nearby).
Rische St .
Street Name Changes due to Elbows (significant curves or turns without intersections)
Martin and Pecan
Avenue A and 12th Street
Kallison Walk and Yturri St .
Old Guilbeau and Aubrey St .
Santa Clara , Peton Path, and Burrus Path
Elm St and Blum St
Lavaca and Water St .
Burkshire and Dunning
Highland Blvd. and Buckingham
Panama and Conrad St .
Whittier , Aberdeen and Kinley St
Stark and Rehman
Lachepelle and Elis Bean
Dowdy and Oelkers
Burbank and Zavala
Glass Ave. and Halstead
Given Ave. and Pruet
Hale and Dullye
Sharp and Turnstall
Lubbock and Edwards
Mockert and Zavala
Stribling and Nogalitos
In addition, there are countless dead ends, many of which indicate a street that continues, by the same name, across a major highway. These are fragmented streets that I didn't bother to include specifically since there are so damn many of them.
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