Taylor HeadshotWant to learn more about your fellow LOOPer? Look no further than the LOOP Member Spotlight! Each month, we’ll highlight a member, and give you the scoop on them, their San Antonio favorites and a little more about their vision for LOOP! This month, we’re spotlighting Taylor Allen, a civil engineer at BIG RED DOG.

Occupation: Civil Engineer
Role in LOOP: Board of Directors – Ambassador Committee Chair
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
University (if any): Texas A&M University
What brought you to (or back to) San Antonio: My initial job out of college was based in San Antonio. I did have the opportunity to travel substantially with this job, allowing me to spend extended periods of time in San Jose, CA; Columbia, SC; Trenton, NJ; and Cape Canaveral, FL. I really enjoyed getting to sample so many great cities on both coasts.

What do you hope to see LOOP bring to San Antonio?
I believe LOOP has a unique opportunity to bridge the geographical separation of young professionals spread throughout San Antonio allowing YPs to coalesce and develop a strong YP community.

Describe a LOOPer in three words:
Passionate, Engaged, Optimistic

Describe your ideal San Antonio:
San Antonio is headed in a pretty great direction right now. I think that continued development of the urban core, big picture transit solutions, and maybe one more week of Fiesta and we’ll be good to go.

What do you think San Antonio does well?
San Antonio does a great job of providing opportunities. In many cases, we have a blank canvas, allowing individuals to take ownership and be pioneers at much younger ages than more established urban areas. It is exciting to be in San Antonio at a time of such positive change, and seeing friends and colleagues seize the opportunity to mold San Antonio in a positive way.

What do you think San Antonio could improve on?
San Antonio has a perception issue that is certainly changing on a national scale, but still needs attention on the local front. It can be difficult for San Antonians to realize how spread out our city really is. Some time on Google Earth quickly revealed it is the same mileage from downtown San Antonio to 1604 and I-10/281/35 as it is from downtown Austin to Round Rock to the north and Buda to the south. I find that many people choose to live outside of 1604 and try to compare their living experience to that of urban spaces like Austin or Houston. Because of our foot print as a city, and still evolving epicenters of activity for young professionals to gravitate around, it is easy for people who would prefer a more active community to unknowingly end up in suburban spaces.

Place to work outside of the office: Rosella Coffee
Spurs Watching Location: Tony’s Bar
Restaurant: Feast
Happy Hour: The Monterey