Welcome To Downtown
San Antonio

The center of our city is full of art, activations, and places that make San Antonians proud of their hometown. It is the vibrant and diverse epicenter of culture and the prosperous business center of the city. Take a look around!

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River House

River House offers urban apartments for rent on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River. These downtown San Antonio apartments offer the ultimate on-the-Riverwalk address. Experience spacious living with all the finest finishes and features you deserve. Call a professional leasing agent to schedule a personalized tour of these sophisticated apartments today.

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Cadillac Lofts

Cadillac Lofts features one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes in Downtown San Antonio. The property was formerly a Cadillac dealership and was repurposed into beautiful apartment homes. Minutes from the San Antonio Riverwalk and the Pearl, Cadillac Lofts is located in the heart of downtown.

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1221 Broadway Lofts

Are you looking for luxury living in downtown San Antonio? Our studio, one, and two bedroom apartments for rent near Pearl Brewery and River North offer resort-style, high-tech amenities for your enjoyment. Our community is impeccably modern, with concrete finishes and open-concept lofts providing an upscale environment suited to your active and artful life. Close to I-35 and I-37, our community easily places you on the road to anywhere in San Antonio. For vibrant apartment living in central San Antonio, TX, look no further than 1221 Broadway Lofts.

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Agave Apartments

Positioned in historic Southtown on the infamous San Antonio River Walk, life at Agave places you at the epicenter of culture and history. From the nearby arts and historic districts to the upscale features found in every home, Agave puts limitless possibilities right at your doorstep.

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Inspire Downtown

We are Inspire Downtown! We now have a new look and a new name that reflects our newly designed homes and embraces the culture of downtown San Antonio. At Inspire Downtown you are connected to the creative pulse that surrounds Houston Street and the historic Market Square. From studio apartments to penthouse suites our one, two and three bedroom homes will provide you with your own version of sanctuary. Where high ceilings mixed with a well-appointed layout makes relaxation your default mode.

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Our Ambassadors work tirelessly to ensure that downtown is beautiful and welcoming as the face of our city.
You will find them in their bright yellow shirts helping over 1,700,000 visitors and residents navigate our beautiful, historic civic core.

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Hopscotch

Founded in 2018, Hopscotch is an immersive and experiential brand that brings together artists in collaborative environments to create unique, impactful, and distinct shared experiences. We believe art can be a vessel to tell stories and illuminate important messages of the past, present, and future. Hopscotch allows artists to showcase their works in sustainable and creative ways, encourages them to be inspired by new mediums, and empowers them to reach new audiences (maybe that’s you). We strongly believe in cultivating lasting relationships and a synergy with our staff, artists and the local communities we are in.

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Briscoe Western Art Museum

Nestled on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk, the museum’s main building served as San Antonio’s original public library in the 1930s followed by the Hertzberg Circus Collection and Museum in the 1980s. After an extensive renovation, the Briscoe Western Art Museum opened in 2013. A branch of the San Antonio Public Library can be found on the first floor, honoring the building’s origins. The museum is named in honor of Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr., and his wife Janey Slaughter Briscoe, who envisioned a museum that would share the story of Western heritage and the people behind that story.

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Fiesta Noche del Rio

Alamo Kiwanis Club presents Fiesta Noche del Rio Friday and Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m. at the Arneson River Theatre in La Villita, 418 Villita St. on the San Antonio River Walk, from June 10 through August 6. Enjoy the Mariachis, Flamenco guitar, singing, dancing, and a cool drink or snack as you help support children’s charities through your attendance. It’s a fun show for the whole family and a San Antonio tradition since 1957. Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors (60+)/Military, $8 Children (6-14, Under 6 is free).

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San Antonio the Saga

This unique video art projection by international artist Xavier de Richemont depicts the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio, our wonderful Lone Star State, and United States history. The Saga projection covers 7,000 square feet of light, color and visual narration projected onto the majestic façade of San Fernando Cathedral- the oldest cathedral in the United States. Through the 24-minute journey, it has become a destination for residents, South Texans, national, and international visitors.

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GO RIO SAN ANTONIO CRUISES

Ride a riverboat! Snag individual tickets or charter a tour for a group. Discount tickets available for locals!

Be in the know

August 6, 2022
Hands-on Painting with Chad Poppleton
July 23, 2022
National Day of the Cowboy
July 26, 2022
Camp Legacy Movie Series | Heavyweights
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CENTRO ALLIANCE

SAN ANTONIO’S DOWNTOWN COALITION

Today, the Centro Alliance is a diverse coalition of young professionals, artists, business & property owners & community advocates standing side-by-side in service of downtown. Centro Members are a force of connection & collaboration mobilized by our collective love for San Antonio & driven to nourish downtown growth! Whether you’re a student fostering a love for urban design & public art, a small business owner looking to strengthen your network of support, or an organization interested in fostering the long-term future of downtown Centro membership is the first step to firing up your goals & tapping into the pulse of Downtown.

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Where Is Downtown San Antonio?

It’s safe to say you will never experience the same San Antonio twice. Our city’s top attractions are constantly evolving, creating exciting pop-ups, debuting new works and hosting events that attract both locals and visitors alike.

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Have questions for our team? Want to message one of our dedicated Ambassadors? Drop us a line, we’d love to chat.

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Matt Sirgo

DIRECTOR OF STORYTELLING

Matt graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 with a Dual Major in Media Strategies and Honors Arts & Letters with a minor in Italian (Benvenuto a tutti!). Matt oversees the marketing, public relations, and digital content for Centro. After sharing the story of Downtown San Antonio on digital channels, he enjoys creating TikToks about LGBTQ+ media. His mug graces a Fiesta Mural on the St. Mary’s Strip just north of Downtown. You can’t miss it. 

KANDICE PERKINS

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Kandice is a Sunnyvale, CA native and has made San Antonio her home since 2014She graduated from University of Argosy in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and continued to complete her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Phoenix 2020. She has worked in downtown San Antonio for years, bringing 15+ years of accounting experience to the organization and has been tasked with promoting and developing the city’s urban core. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, managing her family’s businesses, and enjoys cooking and baking.  

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs 

Andi Rodriguez

VICE PRESIDENT OF CULTURAL PLACEMAKING

Andi is a long-time urban champion and leads Centro ‘people projects which tell our stories and bring us joy, such as Centro’s Art Everywhere and Zona Cultural. Serving on the Leadership Council of Urban Land Institute, she is a former city Planning Commissioner, Founding Chair of the Hemisfair Conservancy, Co-founder of Power of Preservation/PROM, former Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and immediate past Chair of Leadership San Antonio. Andi considers herself a servant leader; she has an MS in Architecture/Urban Planning, and enjoys advocating for the unifying power of art, history, and public space.

Sarah Esserlieu Khalil

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Sarah is a passionate urbanist who has spent the majority of her career on downtown revitalization efforts. Downtown is the best part of any city where you can find the finest history, culture, life, and beauty. Sarah has a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of California, San DiegoSarah enjoys visiting small local businesses, enjoying foodie culture, cooking, hiking, and visiting the cities of the world. 

Jacqueline Lucio

DIRECTOR OF PID OPERATIONS

Jacque is a longtime downtowner with a deep passion for community service. She oversees Centro’s Clean & Safe and Homeless Outreach services, which aim to create a more beautiful, welcoming, inclusive, and hospitable downtown. For nearly two decades, Jacque has lived in downtown San Antonio and has been actively involved in the transformation of the urban core. Through her work with nonprofits, local government, and news media, she’s continually focused on championing more sustainable, diverse, and equitable communities. Jacque has led efforts to support asylum seekers, served as communications director for City Council District 5, and served in public affairs role for Clear Channel Outdoor San Antonio. Jacque studied Mass Communications and Mexican-American Studies at UTSA.

Elizabeth Burt

DIRECTOR OF URBAN ACTIVATION + PLAY

Liz is a passionate underutilized space evangelist known for collaboration matchmaking + play based troublemaking (snow, pumpkins, and Parisian mimes included). She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Public Policy studying Public Administration (#BirdsUp)! More recently, she oversaw the award winning Activate Houston Street Initiative, a placemaking action plan to reinvigorate the historic pedestrian corridor in the heart of Downtown, which is recognized as a Best Practice in Public Space Management by the International Downtown Association, for which she is also a proud Emerging Leader Fellow.

Jakob Villareal

STAFF GRANT WRITER

Currently studying for a B.A. in English at A&M San Antonio and Majoring in Writing & Rhetoric, Jakob is a key player in securing additional funding for Centro’s many projects and initiatives. Jakob acts as a matchmaking service for Centro’s projects and Initiatives. Using his intimate knowledge of our goals and ideals, he seeks to find the perfect match of project and potential funding organization. When he’s not busy fundraising Jakob also fills the roll of Game Master, host the team’s various gettogethers and keeping the party going with games galore. He spends his free time painting miniatures, and is an avid Dungeons and Dragons & Table Top RPG enthusiast.

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JanIe Garza

OFFICE MANAGER

Janie is a native of Corpus Christi, TX and has made San Antonio her home since 2012. Her 15+ years’ experience allows her to serve a broad range of functions that allow the organization to operate efficiently, including, accounts receivable/payable, record management, information technology, office management, and assisting with human resources. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting local art museums, and enjoying a German beer in Southtown.

Michael Cirlos

JEDI CAMERAMAN

Michael began his studies and volunteer work at Webster University Thailand with a focus on international relations and Buddhism. After returning to San Antonio and graduating from UTSA, Michael began photographing and telling the stories of people in Downtown San Antonio to help connect and increase awareness of our vibrant urban culture. Michael’s work has appeared in several news media organizations, and has produced digital content for small- and large-scale marketing campaigns for Red Bull, COSA Department of Arts and Culture, World Heritage Office, National Park Service, and others. Michael is a former Pecha Kucha San Antonio Speaker, best-selling author at Trinity University Press, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

Priscilla Lopez

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Priscilla or “P.Lo” as her teammates affectionately call her, has 20 years of corporate administrative experience. Priscilla attended The University of San Antonio with a focus on Business Administration. In her role as office “fixer,” she handles everything from communications and relationship management to IT sleuthing. On weekends you can find her enjoying a Truly poolside. She lives the vegan lifestyle and is  a proud member of the Peleton community.

Connie Garza

TACTICAL PLANNING COORDINATOR

Connie is a native San Antonian with roots planted deeply on San Antonio’s Southside. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Passionate about building strong communities, Connie loves acting as a connector to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and people to help each other reach their goals and work together. She works inbetween the Cultural Placemaking team and the Mainstreet Economic Development team, bringing vibrancy and support to urban core businesses to make downtown the place to be. When not at work, you can usually find her at the local plant nursery buying another plant, exploring new cafes/breweries, and spending time with family.

Laura Aldrich

MEMBERSHIP & STORY CATALYST

Laura (She/Her) has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin where she fostered a deep love for communication, critical theory, & experiential spaces. Her heart lies in community, communication, & creative spaces for connection & collaboration.

She’s found much of her life’s direction in sharing her love for fitness & yoga alongside her deeply lived passion for social equity & women’s equality.

Laura has years of experience in developing & carrying out creative, strategic project management, marketing & membership-based sales as well as large-scale events & leadership training.

Outside of work she can often be found biking downtown with friends, adventuring with her sweet pup on the Greenway & casually perusing the cheese aisle at Central Market. She finds simple pleasures in unexpected live music, mochi, freshly bought pairs of matching socks & toppling the patriarchy.

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MATT BROWN

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Matt is the lucky guy that gets to lead a team of passionate placemakers who work every day to make downtown San Antonio more beautiful, playful, prosperous, and welcoming. Since starting his career as an attorney, Matt accumulated 25+ years’ worth of experience in the private sector by founding play and creative companies; consulting for start-ups and Fortune 500s in strategy, innovation, and leadership; and serving as president and C-level executive for Scholastic, Klutz and LeapFrog, among others. Directly prior to moving to San Antonio, he was the Economic Development Director and Interim Land Use Director for Santa Fe, NM.  He and his daughter have visited 15 state capitals on their way to all 50!