Position: Creating Community

Email: timw@downtowndurango.org

Durango’s most important 2.2 percent

Routinely, we speak of downtown Durango as the heart of the Durango community, but by what measure does this tiny bit of real estate earn such recognition? Granted, it is the seat of government for...

DATE: April 8, 2014 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

From Sochi time to dinnertime in Durango

For 18 days, we watched the world’s best winter athletes perform amazing feats of athleticism and win shiny medals. Most keep the focus on the games, but others see the Olympics as a world stage...

DATE: March 10, 2014 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

What kind of downtown do you want to have?

According to the folks studying social trends, the public’s attitude toward downtowns continues to get more favorable every year. Fueling the flames of urban popularity are the millennials, baby...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

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

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