Building a More Equitable San Antonio

San Antonio Mayor, Ron Nirenberg, explains how changing policies is helping more children have the opportunity to grow up healthy in his city.

No matter what corner of San Antonio you visit—from the playgrounds at Hardberger Park to the toddler garden at the Witte Museum—you’ll find similar infrastructure and services or a plan for addressing the inequities that exist. That’s because Mayor Ron Nirenberg is focused on building a more equitable city where everyone benefits and children can thrive. 

Mayor Nirenberg is committed to helping children grow up healthy and purposeful about allocating resources where they’re needed most. He leans on his Department of Public Health to tell him “what he doesn’t want to know about the health of his city,” so he can draft policies that address those challenges. For example, the city is working to ensure that new sidewalks are built wide enough to encourage people to walk on them, and building them in the historically under-resourced neighborhoods that never had sidewalks before. 

“My hope for the children of San Antonio is that no matter where they are born in this community, they will grow up knowing that they can achieve anything that they want to. And that they will live a healthy life and be able to accomplish their dreams here in our city. We’re on our way to building that city. “

Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Ron Nirenberg

Mayor Nirenberg recognizes the challenges of addressing childhood obesity in a city that was built more than 300 years ago and historically has struggled with intractable generational poverty and wide socioeconomic gaps. But he’s seeing results and remains hopeful about the future. 

Published on October 10, 2019

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