Tim Walsworth

Position: Creating Community

Email: timw@downtowndurango.org

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

Where hens and stags roam downtown

Last month, a lot of time, energy and treasure was spent hosting a major international event that created a good bit of commentary around many a kitchen table. No, not that little bicycle thingy,...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2012 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

How a 25-minute event will change Durango – forever

Someone said: “We tend to back into the future, longingly looking at the past.” Here’s an explanation: Because the past is known and represents our comfortable norms, it is safe. But the future...

DATE: July 31, 2012 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

When rumor mill is great for downtown

Don’t we just love it! Call it gossip, talk of the town, the rumor mill …whatever it’s called, it’s a popular pastime, especially in small towns where everybody knows something about somebody...

DATE: June 5, 2012 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Time to get plain, old optimistic in Durango

“Cautious optimism” is a phrase we’ve all heard before, and it’s one I think sounds like a cop-out. I say: “Come on. Whatever the outlook may be, give it to me straight.”It sounds similarly like...

DATE: May 8, 2012 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Less-than-ideal customers can be drain for business

I had some business at a courthouse the other day. Upon entering through the large double doors, I was greeted by a sheriff’s deputy. He asked if he could help and directed me to the proper...

DATE: April 17, 2012 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

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