Most Durangoans probably arent aware, but we have our own Joint Chiefs of Stuff. These leaders pass among us without notice, attend meetings in well-lit public places and make important decisions about a lot of stuff.
This is the kind of stuff that affects everybody, somebody or nobody. So while you have been busy doing whatever stuff you do, heres a quick list of the kind of stuff thats been going on right under our noses.
The city does a lot of stuff. It has been working with local businesses on new stuff such as placing on-street bicycle racks in front of Marias Bookshop, Mountain Bike Specialists and Carver Brewing Co. Theres also an experimental outdoor bistro table program under way to assess public response to sidewalk dining.
Old stuff happens, as well. City crews have been restripping downtown center lines, crosswalks and parking spaces, and Main Avenue is swept five nights a week.
The citys new Clean Commute effort is paying off in several ways:
Record numbers of passengers are riding the big, red, free Trolley (up 20 percent year-to-date).
Bike paths are busy, and the river trail keeps growing.
Dismount Zone placards have been installed, requesting bicyclists and skateboarders walk their rides. Nineteen celebration banners have been installed on Goeglein Gulch Road saluting Fort Lewis Colleges 100th anniversary and longtime partnership with the community. Also, additional wayfinding signs are being added.
Downtown sponsors of events want you to know about their stuff. Numerous plays, melodramas and gun-blasting shootouts are being staged, while after-work stuff like Evenings On 8th and Bocce Ball in Buckley Park are out in plain sight and being enjoyed by many.
Big-event organizers hope to attract record attendees to upcoming annual stuff like Fiesta Days, Western Heritage Days, San Juan Brewfest and the La Plata County Fair.
Want new stuff? An expanded Oktoberfest and Beer Festival is in the works for September.
The Business Improvement District does a lot of stuff. It advertises downtown amenities in local and regional publications under its new tag line: Downtown Durango, Youll fit Right In. It prints and distributes more than 50,000 downtown business locator maps, and continually promotes the multitude of downtown events.
The BID contributes to downtown appearance by sponsoring flower-barrel maintenance, sidewalk cleaning and distributing free smoking urns. The BID currently is completing research on new opportunities for Durango to create and host new visitors to new activities.
So it boils down to this: New stuff or old stuff, downtown Durango has the right stuff.
email@example.com Bob Kunkel is the downtown business development manager for the city of Durango.