Position: Creating Community

Email: timw@downtowndurango.org

Use dispensary resourcefully in your community

Apparently, of the nearly 1 million words in the English language, most ordinary people use about 6,000 words regularly. This limited vocabulary seems to serve the basic communication needs of the...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2014 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

He sees you when you’re shopping

’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the store, Each department was dripping with Yuletide décor. The music was blaring an off-tune old carol, And fake snow was falling on Ladies’...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2013 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Free events highlight holiday calendar

This season’s HOLiDAZZLE promotion lists 56 (and still counting) events to enjoy in the coming weeks, many of which are free. For details, go to www.downtowndurango.org. I have highlighted a few...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2013 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Lycra or leather, tourists all use federal green

In the last decade, Durango’s desire and capacity to host more than one major event at a time has steadily grown. The desire comes from Durangoans’ broad range of interests, hobbies and diversions...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2013 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Downtown gladly welcomes rally of wallets-on-wheels

For the last 20 years, the Four Corners has hosted a Labor Day weekend motorcycle rally of some configuration. I describe it this way because it has gone through more makeovers than Madonna. The...

DATE: July 30, 2013 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

July 4 … from bing to bang to boom

Apparently, it happened something like this: It was during the ’80s in Durango, and a few residents would set off fireworks at the north end of the old fairgrounds rodeo arena, which was the...

DATE: July 2, 2013 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Friends, relatives spice Durango’s tourism recipe

“Our town is more fun than your town” is what we’d like to say; true, maybe, but impolite. An important travel industry segment is called VFR, short for Visiting Friends and Relatives. This...

DATE: June 4, 2013 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Visiting Chicagoans face bald deception

Our family had not seen our dear Chicago friends for 12 years, so it was great news that they were returning to Durango for their spring vacation. We spent the first several days catching up on...

DATE: May 6, 2013 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Downtown now and in the future – what’s next?

Does it really still surprise us how fast the world continues to change and affect our daily lives? One example, this summer, you’ll be able to engage your solar-powered parking meter by swiping a...

DATE: April 9, 2013 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Your downtown news starts now

If you are a regular viewer of evening news programs, you may have noticed they have updated their reporting style and opening intros.The most noticeable changes are that more news anchors are...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2013 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

2012 offered Durango plenty to be thankful for

A year ago at the January downtown business briefing, What’s Up Downtown? I distributed a list “Why 2012 Might be a Great Year for Durango.” Back then, many were wondering which of the following...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2013 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Luck: Successful communities make their own

I don’t remember the old singer or the song, but the line was …“If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all”. Other towns often say Durango seems to have a lot of luck.Actually, luck has...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2012 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

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