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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.

Fiesta Carnival begins 11-day run

Apr 16, 2014 01:51am
Fiesta Carnival • April 16-27 • Alamodome, Parking Lot C • Free Fiesta’s carnival begins Wednesday (April 16) in Lot C of the Alamodome. Though it’s starting into Fiesta’s second week, it will last its usual 11 days. “It’s running the same amount of days it usually does,” Shannon H. Houghtaling, Fiesta’s director of communications, […]

Ceramicist Kersey leaving Broadway studio

Apr 14, 2014 05:52pm
Ceramicist Diane Kersey is leaving her studio in the Atlee B. Ayers Building, 112 Broadway, after more than two years of giving it a go. “I’m really glad I did it, I just had so many irons in the fire that I wasn’t able to put as much attention to the gallery-type storefront that I […]

Downtown Tuesday hibernating on April 22

Apr 14, 2014 05:18pm
The free parking program Downtown Tuesday takes a break April 22 for Fiesta, according to a city press release. “We’re excited about Fiesta and grateful for all of our residents and visitors who will be downtown during the celebration,” said Lori Houston, director of the Center City Development and Operations department. “Special event and parade […]

Fiesta Fantasias downgrades from national acts

Apr 14, 2014 04:25pm
Fiesta Fantasias ‘The Parks Rock’ • 5-10:30 p.m. April 23-25 • HemisFair Park • Free A year after hosting Queensryche and Smashmouth, the San Antonio Parks Foundation’s is going for more of a local flavor for its Fiesta Fantasias event at HemisFair Park. Here’s the schedule: April 23 • Opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. • […]

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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.