JOE YOGERST

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KARA ROSENLUND Pho­tographed “The Gold Coast Grows Up,” Wrote “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Sev­eral decades had passed since Yogerst last set foot in San An­to­nio, and the South Texas city had changed sig­nif­i­cantly by the time he re­turned late last year ahead of its 300th an­niver­sary. “Other than the Buck­horn Sa­loon—which to­tally blew my mind as a kid— there wasn’t any­thing all that mem­o­rable back then. In ret­ro­spect, I think that’s be­cause the city was largely liv­ing on its past—‘Re­mem­ber the Alamo’ was its meal ticket for years and years. But San An­to­nio is no longer a one-trick pony. The mu­sic, the bars, the food, and the art scene have all ex­ploded. What re­ally amazes me is that the death of an old and cher­ished in­sti­tu­tion like Pearl Brew­ery—some­thing that might nor­mally knock the wind out of a city—was the spark that ig­nited the re­nais­sance that’s tak­ing place right now. That and the fact the His­panic pop­u­la­tion has be­come such a vi­brant force in lo­cal art and cul­ture. I can’t wait to see how this evo­lu­tion plays out in fu­ture years.”

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