Aug 31, 2012
San Antonio-based Sigma Solutions Inc. is close to a deal to relocate its headquarters to the city's core.
Council approved an ordinance Thursday that awarded Sigma Solutions a
$500,000 economic development grant to move downtown. The incentive
comes as the city works to reinvigorate the urban core by getting more
companies to locate in the area.
May 11, 2012
Some of San Antonio’s largest hospital systems are playing a high-stakes
game of chess, rolling out new development plans that could
significantly reshape the delivery of care downtown.
Jan 30, 2012
web site 'Careerbliss.com' ranked all major cities on the basis of how
much people like their work place, and like going to work, based on some
43,000 independent employee reviews conducted in cities nationwide.
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.
Congratulations to the winners of Light Up Downtown
Dec 27, 2011
Julian Castro's inaugural Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest is underway!
Buildings throughout downtown are illuminated and the winners are:
This contest created an opportunity to showcase the downtown
area to our locals and visitors and to create a new holiday experience
throughout downtown. The contest is sponsored by CPS Energy.
- People's Choice Best Lighting
Display of a Storefront: San
Antonio Children's Museum
- Critic's Choice Best Lighting Display of a Storefront: Greater Chamber of San Antonio
- People's Choice Best Lighting
Display of a Building: Marriott Rivercenter
- Critic's Choice Best Lighting
Display of a Building: Vidorra Condominiums
- Hospitality Award Best Lighting Display of a Hotel: Hilton Paseo del Rio
- CPS Energy Award Greenest Lighting Display: Riverwalk Plaza Hotel & Suites
30 businesses participated in the inaugural lighting contest. Holiday
lighting displays will be up through January 10, 2012. For a complete
list of all lighting displays, visit www.lightupdowntownsa.com.
Get Lost: New River Walk Smartphone Tour Invites Visitors to Get Lost in SA River Walk History
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.
Centro San Antonio publishes first issue of bi-annual e-newsletter
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
Downtown Businesses Encouraged to Enter for BEST Urban Front Door
Mar 3, 2011
In partnership with the
City of San Antonio Downtown Operations Department, Downtown Alliance
introduced a new category this year called “Best Urban Front Door,” and we would like to invite your business to
enter at no charge. The
purpose of the new category is to recognize businesses that contribute to a
positive image of downtown by actively maintaining a welcoming storefront.
Street Closure Notice: Houston Street Closing from 11am-12:30pm Saturday Jan 29, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
Motorists will be
diverted for street closures to accommodate the Houston Street Two
Step: Cattle Drive and Stroll events on January 29, 2011.
Saturday, January 29,
Over 20,000 people are
expected to come see the annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Kick-off
event, The Houston Street Two Step. More>
La Prensa: DTA and Centro featured in "The Decade of Downtown Goes Digital"
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 21, 2011
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro says he is convinced
that HemisFair Park, site of the 1968 World’s Fair, will finally become
something more than a monument to a bygone era. Downtown stakeholders say the redevelopment of that 80-acre site is
critical if San Antonio hopes to lure more businesses and a broader mix
of residents to the center city. Read more: HemisFair plan key to future of San Antonio's downtown | San Antonio Business Journal
Jan 19, 2011
Mayor Julián Castro has declared this the “Decade of Downtown,” and
bringing more local residents to live and work there seems to be the
mantra of the moment. But it’s hard to ignore market realities. While downtown rental
apartments are in short supply and high demand, its offices aren’t
nearly as popular.
Downtown Street Closures for Celebrate San Antonio
Dec 29, 2010
The San Antonio Parks Foundation, along with the City of San
Antonio, produces the annual New Year's Eve event, Celebrate San Antonio. This
free event features something for everyone including music on four stages and
special entertainment areas for children and families. Celebrate San Antonio
attracts approximately 250,000+ people to the downtown area.
Brookings Institute: The Next Real Estate Boom
Nov 10, 2010
Street Closures for Jazz S'Alive
Sep 16, 2010
Travis Park will host
Jazz'SAlive this weekend, September 18 - 19. Motorists will be diverted
as the City closes streets to accommodate the event.
The Palm to honor Centro San Antonio Amigos in celebration of National Tourism Week
May 10, 2010
celebration of National Tourism Week, The Palm San Antonio will host the Centro
San Antonio Amigos for lunch in appreciation of their dedication to making
downtown a friendly destination for guests 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 workforce of more than 65
Amigos provide a host of services that improve downtown through the Ambassador,
Streetscaping, and Maintenance programs.
Centro Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Amigos Change Uniforms
Dec 31, 2009
The Centro San Antonio Amigos turn ten in January, a special
anniversary that celebrates a decade of service improving downtown through the
Ambassador, Maintenance, and Streetscaping programs.
Downtown is just a click away
Aug 7, 2009
The Downtown Alliance of San Antonio (DTA) and Centro San Antonio (Centro) launched www.downtownsanantonio.org
– a new Web site providing visitors, residents and business owners a
wealth of online resources for navigating and exploring downtown San
Antonio. Designed and produced by local, award-winning branding firm Toolbox Studios, Inc.
the new site categorizes and maps downtown destinations using Google’s
Map tools, and is poised to become the definitive online resource for
the city center.
Basement barbershop at Gunter Hotel keeps on going
Jul 15, 2009
The Gunter Hotel's basement was once a men's refuge. In the 1950s, a
man could feast at Rathskeller's buffet, get steamed in the Turkish
bath and then talk shop while getting a shave, haircut and shoeshine at
the hotel's barbershop. Before venturing home, he could stop on the
main level to buy jewelry for his wife.