Dec 28, 2011
With a busy weekend coming up in downtown San Antonio, police are
clearing out panhandlers and saying the anti-panhandling ordinance
works. But visitors are still having run-ins.
Dec 28, 2011
To be sure, downtown needs some love. The most recent U.S. Census data
shows residents fled the city center in droves over the past decade.
Housing's scarce, storefronts sit empty, and a glut of downtown office
space sits dejectedly on the market. To turn the urban core around,
Mayor Julián Castro made the "Decade of Downtown" a cornerstone of the
SA 2020 plan gleaned from months of community input.
Nov 3, 2011
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is urging talks between the city,
county, UTSA and the San Antonio Missions to relocate the team to the
Nov 3, 2011
All major U.S. cities, and many minor ones, have at least one
downtown post office. Part of what makes any downtown area a vital place
to work, shop and even live is a post office where businesses and
individuals can send and receive mail.
If the U.S. Postal Service
has its way, however, San Antonio will be a glaring exception to this
rule. The Postal Service has placed the downtown post office in the
historic Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building on Alamo Plaza on its list of sites to be considered for closure.
Aug 19, 2011
The City of San Antonio is using retired parking meters to help the homeless.
The coins collected will support homeless programs at San Antonio's Haven for Hope, which houses about 2,500 people every night. “This is an innovative way to reuse materials that still maintain functionality but have been replaced with technology,” said Paula Stallcup, director of the Downtown Operations Department. “We hope the new donation stations will be a convenient way to help support homeless programs in San Antonio.” Watch the video here>
Jul 18, 2011
Upcoming downtown events and construction activity will require temporary street closures. Motorists will be diverted as the City closes several streets to accommodate the activity.
May 13, 2011
In celebration of National Tourism Week, The Palm San Antonio
will host the Centro San Antonio Amigos for lunch on Friday May 13, 2011 in
appreciation of their dedication to making downtown a clean and friendly
destination for visitors and locals from near and far. While the Amigos are
invited to dine al fresco, they will be looked over by not only The Palm’s
attentive staff but the smiling “faces” of San Antonio’s leading businessmen,
politicians and celebrities whose caricatures line the restaurant’s famed
walls. Often called “the face of San Antonio,” themselves, the 65+ Amigos
provide a host of services that improve downtown through the Ambassador,
Streetscaping, and Maintenance programs.
May 9, 2011
state-of-the-art technology that makes history accessible, Downtown Alliance and the City of San
Antonio have developed the Hugman River Walk Tour – the only free interactive self-guided tour
of the San Antonio
River Walk. With
a smart phone or pad device, visitors access the tour by scanning a quick
response (QR) code to navigate along the internationally-recognized
tourist attraction. The tour’s QR codes
are found on the River Walk’s wayfinding and interpretive signs.
May 9, 2011
In May 2011, Centro San Antonio published the first issue of a new bi-annual electronic newsletter to provide specific updates on the public improvement district. View the issue online.
Mar 10, 2011
SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo City is a hot spot for tourists. The city is
gearing up for Spring Break when lots of families will be driving into
town to see the Alamo, the Missions and eat at all our wonderful
restaurants. The men and women in yellow are ambassadors equipped with
the 'must-see' lists and information for tourists. WOAI's own Cleto Rodriguez suited up to try out being a San Antonio 'ambassador.' He quickly discovered it's a serious job! View the video
Feb 10, 2011
out the trash is never on anyone’s favorite to-do list at home, but imagine
picking up 250 bags of trash a day! The Centro San Antonio Amigos recently
released these and other impressive statistics of the services provided in the downtown Public
Improvement District during the first quarter of the
fiscal year, stretching from Oct 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.
Jan 26, 2011
Downtown Alliance and Centro San Antonio are featured in today's issue of La Prensa on page 9 in "The Decade of Downtown goes Digital." Click here to download the pdf.
Jan 19, 2011
Centro San Antonio, the Public Improvement District, is hiring! A number of job positions are open through the management company, Block by Block. For the most up to date openings, visit their website: http://www.mycareernetwork.com/clientResumeMgr/?cid=2039
Centro San Antonio's landscaping partner, ISS Grounds Control, is also hiring. For positions available, please email email@example.com
Jan 7, 2011
The Centro San Antonio Amigos help over 750,000 people a
year in downtown San Antonio, and with the introduction of their new mobile
information kiosk this week, they plan to help even more. The new Centro Mobile
Information Kiosk trailer will be taken out daily between 9:30am and 8:30pm to
various high traffic areas within the Public Improvement District including the
Street Car Station on Alamo, Market Square, and La Villita. Additionally, the
Centro Mobile Information Kiosk will provide support for the City of San
Antonio Convention and Visitor Bureau during the construction and renovation of
the Visitor Center on Alamo between January 17 and early March.