SA Tomorrow
Medical Center Area Regional Center

A History of the Medical Center Area Area

The Medical Center Area is a modern place with a rich history. The Medical Center Area was originally largely dairy farmland until the evolution of the U.S. highway system gave rise to the dominance of the automobile and suburban lifestyle. Subsequently, the area began to develop with large-lot single-family subdivisions which sparsely populated the area’s landscape in the 1950s. After World War II, San Antonio was the largest city in the United States without a medical school. By this time, land owners, the University of Texas Board of Regents, The San Antonio Medical Foundation, and Bexar County realized the area’s potential to become a major health care center for the South Texas region.

Following the establishment of a number of hospitals and medical schools, the area began to emerge as the Medical Center we know today. Building on the success of the medical institutions, additional commercial and higher-density residential development followed. The Medical Center Area is an example of solid, cohesive efforts to provide exceptional medical care and education to the State of Texas, of the strength to evolve with growing needs of the city, and the resilience to maintain the unique character of the area for years to come.

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Project Manager

Carlos Guerra II

Senior Planner and Project Manager, San Antonio Planning Department


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