Reddit users suggest names for a San Antonio and Austin metroplex – San Antonio Express-News

On the heels of Austin Mayor Steve Adler saying that he wants Austin and San Antonio to become “the next great U.S. metroplex,” a viral post on Reddit is speculating what the sprawling metropolitan area could be called. 

Adler’s comments came during his last State of the City address on Aug. 25. The mayor touched on the mounting feeling that the corridor between Austin and San Antonio is evolving into a massive region similar to Dallas-Fort Worth. 

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Reddit user u/satxgoose asked on the Texas forum: “When San Antonio and Austin merge, what would be the combined name like DFW for dallas/ft worth?” 

The post has since gone viral, garnering over 700 comments and name suggestions. 

The San Antonio skyline as seen from the air in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 10, 2022.

The San Antonio skyline as seen from the air in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 10, 2022.

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Among the most popular were those that harped on transportation woes along Interstate 35, the east and westbound highway that connects San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Austin. 

“Gridlockistan,” joked u/Birdy Cephon Altera. 

Racist_Dolphin simply remarked: “Traffic hell.” 

Because the region is already heavily developed, the San Antonio-Austin corridor could simply be shortened to just “the Corridor,” wrote secretinvestor29, or simply “El Corridor.” 

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Other options include: “The MetroMex.” 

Others in the post combined the region’s two biggest cities’ names. Among the most popular: “San Austonio,” “Austintonio,” or “San’stone.” 

Some suggested skipping the big cities to focus on the smaller Hill Country towns, which are among the fastest-growing in the region. “Greater San Marcos,” u/dejugetheory wrote. Other suggestions included “Greater New Braunfels.”

Hays County has grown by 53.4 percent in the last decade. New Braunfels, which is in Comal County, is the third-fastest-growing city in the nation, according to the most recent census.

The Austin skyline rises Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022 behind South Lamar Boulevard as it runs between West Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road in Austin. 

The Austin skyline rises Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022 behind South Lamar Boulevard as it runs between West Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road in Austin. 

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“San Braunfels Marco Austin, featuring Lil Buda,” wrote u/babyclownshoes. “I think this could catch on.” 

Acronyms were also popular in the Reddit post. 

“ASA or “ayy, ese,” “ASS (Austin/San Antonio/Suburbs),” or “The Austin-San Antonio Metropolitan Region (ASMR).” 

San Antonio is No. 2 and Austin is No. 3 in population growth over the last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The two cities are nearly 80 miles apart. 

As the population of the region expands, so have concerns over how to address transportation and other issues, as noted by former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros. 

Nowhere else in the United States are two connected metro areas expanding so rapidly, Cisneros wrote in an opinion column published in the Austin American Statesman in 2020. As the two cities get bigger, Cisneros said that Austin and San Antonio “can provide a 21st-century example” of regional collaboration, including inter-linked transit between the two cities.

“We can avoid the worst consequences of lack of planning and of erratic growth in the Austin-San Antonio region,” Cisneros wrote. “We can make wise investments, pursue inclusive growth, and assure environmental responsibility.” 

timothy.fanning@express-news.net 

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