August 2012

City enticing Sigma to move

Aug 31, 2012

San Antonio-based Sigma Solutions Inc. is close to a deal to relocate its headquarters to the city's core.

City 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 2012

Methodist Healthcare plans $44 million expansion in Downtown San Antonio

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.

January 2012

Study: San Antonio Workers Among Happiest in USA

Jan 30, 2012
The web site '' 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.

December 2011

Recall: Decade of Downtown, Year One

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
Mayor Julian Castro's inaugural Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest is underway!  Buildings throughout downtown are illuminated and the winners are:
  • 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 
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. 

Over 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

May 2011

Get Lost: New River Walk Smartphone Tour Invites Visitors to Get Lost in SA River Walk History

May 9, 2011
Using 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.

March 2011

Cleto Rodriguez is an Amigo for the Day

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 chargeThe purpose of the new category is to recognize businesses that contribute to a positive image of downtown by actively maintaining a welcoming storefront.

January 2011

Street Closure Notice: Houston Street Closing from 11am-12:30pm Saturday Jan 29, 2011

Jan 26, 2011
Downtown Street Closures 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, 2011 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.

SABJ: HemisFair plan key to future of downtown

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

Express-News: Remodeling Project for Downtown

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. 

December 2010

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.

November 2010

Brookings Institute: The Next Real Estate Boom

Nov 10, 2010

September 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.

May 2010

The Palm to honor Centro San Antonio Amigos in celebration of National Tourism Week

May 10, 2010
In 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.

December 2009

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.

August 2009

Downtown is just a click away

Aug 7, 2009
The Downtown Alliance of San Antonio (DTA) and Centro San Antonio (Centro) launched – 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.

July 2009

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.