I was in San Antonio, Texas, the end of last week for the semi-annual conference of the Coalition for Networked Information, an organization devoted to promoting electronic distribution of information through libraries in the United States. Much of the meeting was devoted to “project briefings” on a variety of projects that libraries throughout the United States are engaged in.
The meeting was held in the Hilton Palacio del Rio, on the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio. This city has to be among the best for conferences, with a number of large convention hotels along the Riverwalk, a large convention center, many restaurants, shopping and tourist sites (Remember the Alamo!) close by. The Riverwalk was originally built as a WPA project, but in the ’70s it was renovated as a commercial development. There a water taxis, and at this time of the year the many trees were decorated with hundreds of thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. The weather was chilly, by Texas standards–only in the low 50s during the days and down into the 30s at night. The locals were complaining bitterly. But the sun was shining!
The day we arrived a building in the process of being renovated into a new hotel collapsed onto the middle of Commerce Street, one of the “main drags” through downtown San Antonio. It created a massive traffic mess, but luckily no one was seriously injured.
The conference had ubiquitous food and drink, so there was not much opportunity to go out for dinner; however, I did have one excellent meal at Mi Tierra, a huge Mexican restaurant that is a San Antonio landmark. I had excellent tortilla soup and chicken enchiladas.