Tech leaders look to make Houston Avenue carless

A small group of techies is coalescing around an idea to remake part of downtown San Antonio. They want to ban vehicles from a portion of Houston Street.

They say the change could make the historic boulevard — once known as “San Antonio’s Main Street” — a quiet, safe haven for pedestrians, as well as attract new businesses and visitors.

Jason Straughan, founder and CEO of CodeUp, is one of the advocates. His company trains computer code writers and is headquartered at the corner of Houston and Navarro streets, the heart of the center city’s growing tech district.

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