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The Express-News Downtown Blog
by Benjamin Olivio

Below are the latest posts from the San Antonio Express-News blog on downtown. Click on the title to view the full post on the Express-News site.

Police arrest homeless woman taken in by Starbucks

Oct 24, 2014 07:52pm
San Antonio police arrested Mrs. G. yesterday. Few people who live and work downtown know her full name. Some people call her “Ms. G.” Or, “Ms. Erma.” Her actual name is Erma Jean Grant, 71. She’s a petite woman who’s been camping on Houston Street near the Starbucks at St. Mary’s Street for the past […]

Maverick apartments hearing rescheduled for Oct. 2

Sep 16, 2014 04:44pm
The ownership of the historic Maverick apartment building could be decided in court. A hearing this morning to determine whether the current lender of the nine-story Maverick building, 400 E. Houston St., can proceed with foreclosure was rescheduled for Oct. 2. Kopplow-McManus Properties Inc. purchased the building’s debt in August and tried to foreclose on […]

A look at Hemisfair’s civic park; your chance to weigh in

Sep 15, 2014 05:14pm
Today is the last day to take Hemisfair’s survey concerning its civic park — the 15-acre northwest section that’s seen as the gateway from central downtown to the rest of the park and beyond to its connecting neighborhoods. Take the survey, which contains a link to a version of a presentation Seattle firm Gustafson Gurthrie […]

Some details edited out of Weston Urban proposal

Aug 19, 2014 07:46pm
The city has made available Weston Urban’s complex land proposal that would yield an office tower in west downtown, but, from it, certain financial details have been redacted. Click here to download the proposal. In June, the city announced it had received an unsolicited proposal from Weston Urban, the real estate company formed by Rackspace […]

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February, 2012

Burgers and bikes coexist peacefully in S.A.

Feb 27, 2012

Today, I wish to extol two news items that both are occasions for great civic pride and excitement.

The first: Men's Fitness magazine, in its upcoming March issue, has ranked San Antonio the 25th fittest city in the nation.

We've previously been branded one of the “least fit” cities. The less politically correct would say one of the “fattest.” And granted, the magazine ranks us at the very bottom of its list of 25 cities. So it's a tenuous achievement, I suppose, but a mighty one nonetheless.

The second news item: Whataburger is opening downtown on Monday.

Redevelopment is vital for downtown

Feb 27, 2012

HemisFair helped put San Antonio on the modern map in 1968. The World's Fair was a milestone in San Antonio's history.

HemisFair '68 was a huge success. In the years since the World's Fair, however, HemisFair Park's 93 acres have been vastly underutilized. “Our biggest failure was in not coming up with a strategy with what to do with the property after the closing,” Bill Sinkin, one of the HemisFair '68 organizers, told the Express-News in 1993.

San Antonio Cocktail Conference Organizers Award Funds for Children’s Lifesaving Operations

Feb 24, 2012
Executive Chef Mark Bohanan—owner of Bohanan’s Restaurant and Bar, and creator of the first San Antonio Cocktail Conference—presented a check for $57,000 to HeartGift San Antonio to support two lifesaving surgeries for children from disadvantaged countries seeking heart surgeries at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. Cocktail Conference supporting business members SoHo Wine & Martini Bar, Ocho Lounge at Hotel Havana, The Esquire Tavern and Rio San Antonio Cruises joined Bohanan in the presentation.

The Viceroy on the way to King William area

Feb 23, 2012

Historically, every king needed a viceroy.

So it's appropriate that the King William area welcomes The Viceroy, a mixed-used development in the Southtown neighborhood that broke ground on Tuesday at the corner of West Guenther and South Flores streets.

City bond proposal includes changes for downtown

Feb 22, 2012

The city of San Antonio's $596 million bond project is packed full of projects city-wide. Around 80 percent of the proposed bond money would go to projects consisting of streets, bridges, and sidewalk improvements.

HNTB moves to location in the heart of downtown San Antonio

Feb 20, 2012
On Thursday, Feb. 16, HNTB Corporation held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new office located at 130 East Travis St. The office will house the firm’s 41 professional engineers, environmental scientists, planners, public involvement representatives and support staff. The firm has an option to lease additional space in the future as the firm continues to grow.

San Antonio’s culinary scene: So much more than Tex-Mex and Riverwalk chains

Feb 20, 2012
In the not-so-distant past, most people thought dining in San Antonio meant either Tex-Mex restaurants or tourist traps on the Riverwalk. But today, while remaining ground zero for the culturally-relevant Tex-Mex cuisine, the culinary map in the Alamo City started to change a few years back, becoming more adventurous, diversified and eclectic thanks to a growing number of forward-thinking chefs and restaurateurs. That’s why those of us familiar with the scene were not surprised to learn that it had captured the attention of StarChefs.com, who bestowed 2012 Rising Stars Awards upon four of the city’s brightest. 

Free parking on Downtown Tuesday a big hit for San Antonio romance

Feb 15, 2012
Scott and Mandy Earle decided to spend Valentine’s evening doing something they have not done in years. They celebrated the night in downtown San Antonio.

Why love matters: A Valentine to a sustainable future

Feb 14, 2012
Lovability, a concept deeply distrusted by architects of most stripes, is actually the gateway to sustainable architecture because if a building can't be loved, it will not last. And lovability is a better standard than beauty, as we shall see.

Urban Renaissance for San Antonio? Keeping Score in a Fast-Changing City

Feb 14, 2012

Don’t blink or you’ll miss a lot that is changing for the better in this city.

The redevelopment of San Antonio’s central city is gaining impressive momentum as anyone who has pedaled a bicycle down Broadway, through Southtown or along the Mission Reach of  the San Antonio River can testify. Put another way, a whole lot of vision seems to be reaching the actualization stage.