Welcome Home Sweetheart
You're right the "old town" is still the best. From LBJ to Bishop and San Antonio to, well, Bishop again, is the only place to live in SM. Everything else is flotsam and jetsam. You've got the little HEB, Tantra, Wake The Dead, Blue Goat, Palmers and Cool Mint Cafe. You don't need anything else. You're right again about the new vibe, you can actually feel it. I heard a certain burned out luch meat hippie (his self description - I'd call him a renaissance man) say it feels like '72. Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream, you're home.