Downtown housing units grew by 260% to 11,898 in 2020 from 3,304 in 2010, surpassing the 2020 goal, yet the number of people living downtown has remained relatively stagnant.
Downtown employment exceeded the 2020 goal in 2015 and continued to rise. In 2018, downtown employment had grown 42% since 2012.
The economic impact of downtown exceeded the 2020 goal in 2015 and has continued to rise since. In 2018, the economic impact reflected a 210% increase over the baseline in 2012. The COVID-19 crisis will produce significant shifts in the economic impact of downtown in 2020 and in the years following, as both conventions and tourism were largely shut down in 2020.
The crime rate in Downtown San Antonio fluctuated over the last decade. 2020 showed a significant reduction—70% from 2010—and can be attributed to the pandemic, according to the San Antonio Police Department.
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In the 2030 Community Vision, shifts in indicators, based on community feedback, will include:
Discontinuing new housing units, as this shows an increase in the number of units, but doesn't get to the heart of livability. SA2020 recommends this continue to be tracked and reported by the City of San Antonio.
Tracking the micro-mobility and sidewalk accessibility of Downtown San Antonio.