“TOBIN TALK” What’s going on in the Neighborhood!

Dec 01 2017

“TOBIN TALK” What’s going on in the Neighborhood!

Greetings to All!

Really hard to imagine that it is already December!!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and were able to enjoy your time.

Now we are entrenched in the Holiday Preparation….Decorating, Party’s, Shopping , Preparing the house for guests.  This is such a beautiful time of the year and I hope you and yours are healthy.

As you are know there are so many events that take place this time of year. I am pleased to announce that THCA along with HEB have contributed Turkeys(6) to District One Councils Senior Holiday Dance set for December 8th at the America Legion Alamo Post 2 from 10-noon.  I am incredibly grateful we are able to contribute to this Holiday event that gives back to the community.

With the new year around the corner we will be off to a busy start in 2018 with THCA Board Elections on January 25th.  More details to follow.  Please stay tuned.



The Association will provide Tamales. Please bring a side dish, a friend, and wear your ugly sweater!

Ugly Sweater contest Judged by Councilmen Roberto Trevino and Last Years Winner Cyrus Askin!

Please bring a canned food item to contribute to the FOOD BANK donation station at the Party.

Streetcars in Tobin Hill

by Ricki Kushner – revision of a previously published article

Public transportation had a great influence on the development of Tobin Hill.

Public transportation in San Antonio began in 1878 with a streetcar route from Main Plaza north to San Pedro Park.  Col. Augustus Belknap owned the system which consisted of mule-drawn cars.  The mule barn was where San Antonio College is now located. (1)  The first electric trolleys appeared in 1890(2), with the car barn located where the mule barn had been.(3)  The start of World War I reduced the construction of new homes, but after the Armistice in 1918, vacant land began to be developed again.(4)  By 1919 the eastern part of Tobin Hill, anchored by the Pearl Brewery, was served by a streetcar that ran from Dallas St. to Brooklyn, to McCullough, then to E. Locust, to Kendall, up Jones Ave.(now St. Mary’s) to King’s Court, in the vicinity of Brackenridge Park.(5)  All went well until the Depression, with lower ridership and municipal financial hardship.  In 1933, the Public Service Company, which ran the streetcars, bought out its contract with the City of San Antonio; and streetcars became a thing of the past.(6)

(1) S.A. Express-News, n.d.
(2) S.A. Express magazine, Oct. 1, 1953.
(3) “Convenient streetcar service helped shape city’s growth” / Paula Allen, S.A. Express-News, Sept. 14, 1999.
(4) Tobin Hill Neighborhood Plan. City of San Antonio Planning Dept., 2008.
(5) San Antonio Streetcar Guide 1919 /  Ed Gaida. Pub. by author, 1999.
(6) San Antonio on Wheels / Hugh Hemphill, 2009.

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital Update

2017 continues to be an exciting year at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital as it has once again earned the status as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation; one of only 3 facilities in Texas to earn this designation. The HRC criteria focuses on hospital practices that demonstrate a commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBTQ patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality healthcare and respect they deserve.  Other important criteria include non-discriminatory and inclusive hiring and training processes for hospital staff.

For the third consecutive cycle, the hospital has also received an “A” grade in hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group.  Metro is the only hospital in the downtown area to receive the “A” grade, and has done so for the previous five out of six grading cycles (grades are given bi-annually).  The Leapfrog Group is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. You can read more about their Hospital Safety Grade system, which has quickly become the industry’s gold standard for measuring patient safety, by visiting www.leapfroggroup.org.

Our mission – Serving Humanity to Honor God by providing exceptional and cost-effective healthcare accessible to all – drives everything at Metropolitan Methodist.  In October, Metropolitan hosted its 5th annual breast cancer survivors’ luncheon with over 100 attendees.  The program included recognition of survivors and a presentation of 250 heart-shaped pillows, created by Girl Scout Troop 739 for patients.

We are thankful to the Tobin Hill Community Association for your continued partnership as we serve our shared community, and look forward to another great year in 2018!