The Edge: June 27, 2016

This week: Learn what happened at public hearings for the Brackenridge Park draft master plan, how residents in Dimmit County banded together to reject a family detention center in their community, the life and times of Alan Weinkrantz, and where you need to be for your Fourth of July celebration.

Brackenridge Park Draft Master Plan

The Brackenridge Park Draft Master Plan is not getting a whole lot of love.

At public hearings residents lined up to speak out against the proposal.

NOWCastSA published an open letter written by urban planner Mark Tirpak, who characterizes the plan as expensive and car centric. Tirpak says it would cost a whole lot less if the plan refocused on pedestrians, access from the Westside, and bicycles.

Click here for to read Mark Tirpak’s article>>

Rejection of Detention Centers

In Carrizo Springs, Texas, the Dimmit County Commissioners rejected a proposal from Stratton Oilfield Systems that would have turned a former “Man Camp” into a privately operated detention facility similar to those in Karnes and Dilley which are used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain asylum-seeking mothers and children.

After heated opposition and even heckling from Dimmit residents and refugee advocates, Dimmit County Commissioners unanimously turned down the proposal, becoming the second Texas county in June to reject a federal family detention center.

Click here for the full story>>

Alan Weinkrantz

What’s a Mentch? Alan Weinkrantz was the walking, talking real deal  - he practically owned the hashtag #BeHelpful

NowCastSA webcast and recorded the funeral service for the marketing and technology startup guru who was killed in a tragic car crash in Tel Aviv.

We also collected his digital footprint and made an anthology of articles about Alan and links to his columns, photos and videos so you can keep on learning from him and see why he was beloved from San Antonio to Israel. Click here to view the full anthology>>

Independence Day Celebration

For Independence day this year the San Antonio Parks Foundation is hosting San Antonio’s official 4th of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park. The festivities include a 5k race, a children’s parade, a fireworks extravaganza, and more. Click here for the full itinerary>>

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce reminds you that, it will NOT be hosting its Stars and Stripes over San Antonio event due to construction in and around Hemisfair park and the Convention Center. Click here for a YouTube playlist of San Antonio fireworks celebrations >>