Posts Tagged ‘san antonio’

Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Texas

Why do some American cities diversify, improve, innovate and grow?  While other cities – most recently and egregiously Detroit – stagnate, shrink, and ultimately fail financially? I’m way outside of my intellectual comfort zone when it comes to commenting on urban planning policy, but reading Jane Jacobs’ classic The Death and Life of Great American [&hellip

Video: Interview with Pawn Shop Owner turned Politico

Video: Interview with Pawn Shop Owner turned Politico

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Texas, Video

Taking a break from commenting on Wall Street, the Dow’s highs and personal finance topics, I recorded a show yesterday with San Antonio, TX-based smart commentary site, Plaza de Armas. A friend and fellow small finance business owner Shirley Gonzales announced her candidacy for San Antonio City Council, District 5.  Shirley had previously introduced me to [&hellip

The Natural Gas Revolution Part VI - Has It Killed Renewables In Our Lifetime?

The Natural Gas Revolution Part VI – Has It Killed Renewables In Our Lifetime?

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Here’s my hypothesis[1]: The abundance of cheap domestic natural gas – what I’m calling the Natural Gas Revolution – makes “renewable” energy sources like wind and solar financially untenable, and possibly unnecessary, for the next 90 years.[2] I can’t prove my hypothesis because energy pricing is complicated. Figuring out the ‘price’ of energy derived from [&hellip

Interview Part II: Pawn Shop Owner Fights The Good Fight

Interview Part II: Pawn Shop Owner Fights The Good Fight

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Texas

This audio interview is a continuation of an earlier interview with Shirley, in which we talked about her pawn shop, and the customer service they offer that banks rarely offer. In this portion of the interview Shirley and I talked about serving the traditionally Hispanic West Side of San Antonio, and the barriers to trying [&hellip

Ask an Ex-Banker: Home Loans and Home Equity Lines of Credit

Ask an Ex-Banker: Home Loans and Home Equity Lines of Credit

By The Banker | Ask an Ex-Banker, Blog Posts, Personal Finance

Q. Dear Banker, My wife and I are planning an addition to our house. We need the additional space, but I do not want this project to stretch our overall budget. Since I have a specific idea of how much I want to pay, a rise in interest rates would cause us to make different [&hellip