Jan Jarboe Russell, a so-called journalist, for the San Antonio Express-News, describes the city’s problems:

For at least 30 years, San Antonio has been vexed by a frustrating problem: The river that runs through the heart of the city has flourished with development, much of it aimed at tourists, while efforts to attract retail spaces, housing and offices to the street level have largely failed. Consequently, the core of the city is split. At the river level, we look like Venice. On parts of Houston Street, it feels like downtown Beirut.

So according to Jan, some parts of San Antonio look like this (Venice):

Venice: View from the Air

Venice: View from the Air

And other parts looks like this (downtown Beirut):

Downtown Beirut

Downtown Beirut

So where’s the problem? The problem is that Jan is still living in the 90’s. Its quite sad when journalists don’t do their homework and just recycle old cliches in the hope they can transmit their opinions. Jan clearly needs to leave San Antonio and visit the real world; to get you started your very own Looks Like Beirut certificate is on its way all the way from Dubai, where we drive cars and not ride camels.