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Karnes City Downtown District Plan

Karnes City Downtown District Plan

A vision plan for revitalization and economic development

Project Sponsor: City of Karnes City
Collaborators: UTSA Institute for economic Development, Rural Business Program, Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research – UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
Completed: December 2015

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This report by the Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research (CURPR) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) presents a Vision Plan for economic development and improvement of the Downtown District of Karnes City, Texas which is the county seat of Karnes County. Karnes City is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 181 and State Highways 80 and 132 and lies fifty miles southeast of the rapidly growing San Antonio metropolitan area.

A Proposed Art Colony for Christoval, Texas

A Proposed Art Colony for Christoval, Texas

A vision for revitalization and economic development

Project Sponsor: UTSA Institute for Economic Development, Rural Business Program
Collaborators: Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research – College of Architecture, Construction and Planning – The University of Texas at San Antonio
Completed: July 2015

This report by the Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research (CURPR) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) presents a Vision Plan for developing a permanent art colony in Christoval, Texas, a town on the Concho River which was a location for one of the first art colonies in Texas.

In 1921, Mollie Crowther, a painter and community leader from San Angelo, Texas founded the Texas Art Colony. She envisioned an organized gathering of artists in a setting that was conducive to the creation of art. In 1922, a dozen artists were attracted to Christoval because of its natural beauty in the surrounding hilly terrain, vegetation, and river. The Colony occupied buildings owned by a Baptist Camp along the Concho River and continued to operate through the 1920s.