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GSA Helps City Display Rich History in Outdated Phone Booths

August 12, 2010

Downtown San Antonio is giving history lessons, thanks to funding from the U.S. General Services Administration to convert old pay phone kiosks into 16 interpretive panels that provide a self-guided tour of the city’s historic section.

The newly refurbished kiosks feature scenes of historic architecture, parades, and memories of stage and screen performers. The kiosks, which have been abandoned for some time, were eyesores, attracting litter and vandals, and contributing to an unfriendly feel.

GSA provided $15,000 for the project through its Good Neighbor Program. The program encourages public/private partnerships with national and local urban downtown groups to enhance community efforts to maintain the vitality of local communities around the country.

“The Good Neighbor program relates to everything we do, everyday,” said J.D. Salinas, GSA’s Greater Southwest Regional Administrator. “This is just one example of how GSA is working with local communities around the county to improve the overall appearance and livability of our urban area."

To learn more about GSA’s Good Neighbor Program, visit www.gsa.gov/urbandevelopment.

 

Workers in San Antonio install new historic panels.  
Workers in San Antonio install new historic panels made possible in part because of funds from GSA's Good Neighbor Program.  

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