Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

San Antonio: A week where east meets west and South meets Southwest

I HAVEN'T SPENT A FULL WEEK with my parents in Texas since I graduated from college, but a weeklong furlough from work demanded a change of scenery on a budget. So, Jacob and I drove down to south Texas to spend time with my folks in San Antonio.

My family has lived in San Antone for more than a decade, and despite numerous trips there, I've never really explored the heart of the city. (I've got the 'burbs covered. I could almost tell you where to find every Taco Cabana and cavernous HEB Plus! outside the 410 Loop.) What we found there, as we should have expected, was infinitely more interesting than the Alamo or the Riverwalk or the Tower of the Americas or the intolerably kitschy Rivercenter Mall and Ripley's Believe It or Not. San Antonio sits where East meets West and South meets Southwest and, in short, it's a damn flavorful place to be.

Here's a bit of what we found: