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Downtown San Antonio’s Dolorosa Bridge as seen from the Riverwalk

I have a few friends that moved to San Antonio after college. One of them is an architect and the other was a medical student. Both were initially bummed about moving to the Alamo City. It was so different from Houston and Austin and Dallas. They weren’t sure they would like it. They didn’t know a lot of people there.

I now see them post cool photos of cycling trips, historic buildings, trips to local watering holes and parks … they either learned to love San Antonio, or they busted their bottom to build the momentum the city needed to be a cool place. And you know what? More and more Millennials are doing the same thing, opting for San Antonio and Houston over Dallas and Austin according to Trulia’s dissection of U.S. Census Bureau surveys.

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More private planes from Mexico flew into San Antonio in 2010 in the biggest jump since the city was authorized to clear immigration for international travelers, and this means cha ching for housing sales in the Alamo City. That’s why I am kissing this plane.

Preliminary data from the city’s Aviation Department shows that almost 4,000 Mexican-owned private aircraft cleared customs at San Antonio International Airport last year, a 52 percent jump from 2009 and almost double the number from 2008.

San Antonio officials say the booming private air traffic is largely due to an increase in cross-border business and a rise in the number of people who own second homes in the Alamo City, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

In 2008, San Antonio received permanent port of entry status from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so private aircraft from Mexico can clear customs in San Antonio rather than having to stop at another checkpoint in, say, Houston or Dallas..

The increase is good business news for San Antonio, and Jose Luis Garcia, the aviation department’s marketing manager, says this goes beyond shopping.

“They have second homes here or are looking to buy homes here,” said Garcia. “It’s a tremendous opportunity. We need to keep working on developing it because other cities are doing it too.”