Downtown News

  • May 10, 2014 5:35 PM | Anonymous

    Good afternoon Neighborhood Association Members,

    I am contacting you in an effort to provide your neighborhood with helpful information on decreasing graffiti, while improving San Antonio’s tree canopy!  You can “Grow Over Graffiti” by planting trees, shrubs or ivy in front of chronically tagged fences, walls, etc. to help deter further graffiti vandalism.  Please find attached our newest brochure, Strategies to Decrease Graffiti and Improve Safety, using methods from crime prevention through environmental design.  Should you wish to have paper copies, just email me with the amount, and the address to deliver.


    In an effort to increase the tree canopy, the City of San Antonio has opportunities to apply for up to 25 trees, to be planted within a 25 square block area.  An application and more information can be found at the below link, and email:




    • Eligible planting locations are within COSA city limits and it’s ETJ (Extra- Territorial Jurisdiction) which is 5 miles outside the city limits.
    • Groups can apply for up to 25 trees to plant in an area no larger than 25 square blocks, (i.e. 2 blocks by 12 blocks, 5 blocks by 5 blocks, etc.) to be delivered to ONE (1) designated location in the fall. Applicants who apply for 5 or fewer trees will need to make arrangements to pick up their trees, mulch, and TreeGator® irrigation bags.
    • Applications are due July 25, 2014, at 4 p.m. at the City Clerk’s Office and will be selected on eligibility criteria.
    • A match which can be volunteer sweat equity (site prep. such as asphalt removal, removal of dying trees as well as planting the trees and providing maintenance) and submitting a final report will be required of applicants.
    • Tree species are to be selected from the included list (Page 3).
    • Groups must follow the required maintenance plan for TWO (2) years.


    • Canvas your neighborhood and recruit volunteers to help with the project.
    • Review this application to make sure you understand it and are able to fulfill the requirements.
    • Select planting sites and trees (include first and second choices), paying close attention to all guidelines mentioned in this handout. Keep in mind the utilities when selecting locations.
    • Submit an application to the City Clerk’s Office. Only complete applications will qualify.
    • Each Council district is eligible for 100 trees. Unused funds per Council district will be divided equally among other selected qualifying applicants within that district.


    Should you wish to apply, please let me know when you submit the application, so that I may follow-up on the status.  This is a great opportunity to increase the tree canopy, while promoting a simple solution to graffiti vandalism!



    *Your contact information was provided by the Department of Planning and Community Development, should you wish to be removed from the list, or have the information updated, please contact




    Please take a moment to tell us how we're doing by taking our survey

    Lisa McKenzie

    Neighborhood Services Coordinator/Graffiti

    Development Services Department

    City of San Antonio

    office: 210-207-5430  Fax:  210-207-6073  Cell:  210-286-0627

    Mission:  "Partnering with our community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio"

  • May 06, 2014 5:17 PM | Anonymous


    Thank you for your generous donation towards Snow Montemayor’s campaign for King of Downtown. He handily won the fundraising competition, and strutted his royalty all over Fiesta 2014. While our King & Queen of Downtown weren’t “official” Fiesta royalty, Snow and our Queen, Rose Taylor, made a huge impact everywhere they went. And since our royalty isn’t tied to Fiesta, their reign will last throughout the year. And it wouldn’t be possible without you.


    Additionally, we want you to know how much we appreciate your support of Centro San Antonio during this fundraising effort. Centro is the only nonprofit community development corporation dedicated to the revitalization of downtown. Through education and planning, including the Strategic Framework Plan for the Center City and a forthcoming plan for a downtown Arts & Culture District, we are moving the needle as the Lead Partner for the Downtown Development cause area of SA2020. We are on track to achieve the SA2020 goal of 7,500 new housing units by the year 2020. Our Central Business District is the engine of the City’s economy. In 2012, downtown employers provided over 52,000 jobs, with a payroll of $2.4 billion in total wages, resulting in an economic impact of $10.3 billion. And with 77% of college-educated Millennials planning to live in America’s urban core, we are truly experiencing a renaissance during what Mayor Castro declared as the “Decade of Downtown.”


    We thank you again for supporting Snow and Centro. As you can see, he wears the crown like he was born to it. =)

  • May 03, 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous
    Held at [Taco Riendo: 6624 San Pedro Avenue]   Coffee With the Councilman 5_3_2014.docx

    District One councilman, Diego Bernal, opened the meeting with comments related to an impending consideration of the city council. A large stretch of Blanco Road, and related infrastructure, is to undergo a major repair in about a year’s time. To assist the many businesses in this corridor the city is considering a loan of sorts to offset the inescapable loss of revenue. Largely this will take the form of forgiving the monthly electricity bill. The major point here is this forgiven money is to be repaid on various schedules. More on this as information comes available.

    An item which took several minutes to air completely was the plight of the inhabitants of the trailer park on Mission Road which has been in the news of late. It seems the city fathers would like to see these people make a “soft landing.” (Bernal’s words.) Ergo they make the transition to other living spaces with as few problems as possible. However, the city does not want to get financially involved. The gist of the city’s participation would be to make some overtures to the property owner(s). The major item of contention with the plan was that this would be setting a precedent and could become quite bothersome, if not costly, down the road.

    Next, from the floor, trolleys had to come to the fore! Mr. Bernal put a positive spin on the topic, but most of the floor seemed unimpressed and not in favor. Again, we have not heard the last of this!

    Councilman Bernal also addressed the item of code compliance. This is a program beginning in June where the city is starting a serious investigation of vacant buildings and derelict homes. The point being the owners must bring them up to code, raze them, or sell them undefined making the new owners comply.

    Councilman Bernal also spoke of the effort to name the tennis courts at Woodlawn Lake after former councilman Joe Alderete and the on-going debate. Although, Former District 7 councilman Joe Alderete has helped make Woodlawn Lake one of San Antonio's most popular city parks the name change has caused a controversy among residential associations claiming the honor must be kept to those that have passed. Mr. Bernal was asked the question why it concerned District 1 which he explained that District 1 included a portion of Woodlawn Lake.  The final item that was brought up by the group was the issue of the vagrant population that has moved from Travis Park to other locations such as the Library Building. Local property owners voiced their concern that they are finding many people loitering and often trespassing into lobbies or porches. Councilman Bernal took the issue for action that he would have further discussions with the SAFE officers to possibly increase presence and reminded residents that if you feel threatened to call SAPD. [This discussion crossed into Five Points but I cannot remember the lead to it]

    The DRA members attending were Mark Dominguez and Dave Stafford.

    Mark. Diego mentioned an upcoming meeting at Five Points. The topic to be about a school closing. He called it, “Project Courtyard.” I’m sending this to you and then I will try to find out more about this. [I am not sure if he was referring to the Stephen F. Austin Elementary school, this is the only school I am aware of that is schedule to be closed in that area]

    Dave Stafford
  • January 31, 2014 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Good Friday!

    Just wanted to let everyone know that AMC purchased the Alamo IMAX Theatre.

    My new email -as of today -will be

    The phone number is 210-228-0351.


    The AMC Rivercenter 9 is now AMC Rivercenter 11 w/ Alamo IMAX.

    The 9 plex, on the 3rd floor of the mall, was recently renovated (gutted).

    We have all new everything, including: a full Bar in the lobby, concession stand with “healthy meal choices”, comfy wide seats that are full reclining, and state of the art digital picture & sound.

    Free Parking in the Rivercenter lots is validated for 3 hours at the box offices.

    The Alamo IMAX will continue playing our signature documentary, “Alamo …The Price of Freedom”, along with 3D documentaries and Hollywood IMAX features.

    We look forward to some upgrades at the IMAX location.

    Have a great weekend.



    Naomi Leissner  CTA

    Sales Manager

    AMC Rivercenter 11 *Alamo IMAX Theatre


    849 E. Commerce St

    San Antonio 78205



  • January 31, 2014 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    The River Walk Capital Improvement Project Phase IV is currently underway and will continue through November 2014. This is provided to give updates on various project areas. The areas under construction at this time are as follows:
    Area between the Navarro St Bridge and the Presa St Bridge (outer loop by CPS Building) – Scope of work includes sidewalk improvements, staircase repairs, electrical improvements.

    The river level sidewalk has been re-opened.

    Additional work in the area will be scheduled at a later date, but will be done with an open sidewalk.
    Area between the Little Rhein Steakhouse and the Arneson Theater (outer loop) – Scope of work includes sidewalk improvements, staircase repairs, electrical and landscape improvements.

    Pedestrian traffic will be routed to the street level at staircase entry points by the Little Rhein Steakhouse and the Presa St ADA ramp and staircase and the Briscoe ADA ramp.

    The contractor will work on installing cast stone pavers in front of the Arneson Theater, finishing electrical conduit installation and flagstone removal (on river level in front of the La Villita Assembly Building).

    Rosita's Bridge is now open and is a detour to La Villita as the contractor has closed part of the walk below the La Villita Assembly Building. The ADA ramp behind the Assembly Building is open and accessible.

    A concrete pour is scheduled for Friday, January 31st 8:30 am to 1 pm. The concrete truck will be set up at the street level between the Hilton and the Little Rhein Steakhouse.

    The contractor will work on Saturday, February 1st from 9 am to 3:30 pm to deliver cast stones to be installed on Monday and complete sidewalk demolition.

    All shops in the La Villita Historic Village are open daily from 10 am to 6 pm and will remain open during the River Walk construction.
    Thank you for your patience and cooperation during construction as we work to improve the historic River Walk. With the assistance of the Paseo del Rio Association, the Center City Development Office will provide project updates to you every 7 to 10 days or as needed. If
    you should require any additional information please contact Cynthia Martinez, Downtown Operations Division at 207-3372.
  • January 08, 2014 10:58 PM | Anonymous
    Thank you to everyone who showed up for the DRA's first Wednesday Wanderings. Pat O'Brien's rolled out the red carpet for us. The coconut shrimp and the hot wings were a hit and at half price, we all enjoyed getting a little messy!

    The Wax Museum was SO COOL. I had no idea there were so many figures in there to look at. I didn't have the guts to go downstairs to the scary part by myself, and Bishop was too little to ride the 4D movie ride, but I will be going back for sure!

    It was a beautiful night to be downtown, even with the cool air and the wetness. The streets were quiet, but still beautiful!

    Stay tuned for all the details for the next Wednesday Wandering. Rita is lining them up for the rest of 2014. And if you have any suggestions or questions, send them on over! We appreciate it!


  • January 08, 2014 4:05 PM | Anonymous
  • January 06, 2014 7:13 PM | Anonymous
    Riverwalk Construction Update
  • January 06, 2014 7:05 PM | Anonymous
    Just a heads up. The Majestic Theater is rolling out the red carpet for it's DRA Members.

    Majestic Theater
  • December 30, 2013 4:17 PM | Anonymous
    The Big Alamo Bowl Game is today! Game kicks off at 5:45pm TODAY. If you have been anywhere downtown you have seen the sea of Burnt Orange and Gold and Yellow all over our streets. Join in the fun and hit up anyone of the local bars to catch the game on the big screen, warm up under the heating lamps at Pat O'Briens and jam out to some great music. The party has gotten started a day early, and it shows no signs of slowing down until the Big Firework New Years Even Celebration tomorrow night!

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