Position: Creating Community

Email: timw@downtowndurango.org

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

Will summer 2012 be Durango’s best, most memorable?

I am sure my thoughts of spring are much different than yours. For starters, those milder temperatures and longer daylight hours do not call me to spread my lunch blanket on Buckley Park’s lawn....

DATE: April 10, 2012 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Good indicator of local success is endurance

On Sept. 3, Durango will celebrate the 100th anniversary City Charter signing, an act that created the city council-city manager form of local government we have today.For a small frontier town,...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2012 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Welcome center being slated for summer opening

We don’t have problems, we have opportunities …right?For the last decade, downtown stakeholders’ wish list of improvements has included four projects that for various reasons were too tough to...

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

Durango often doesn’t seem like it’s small town

I forget (we forget) that Durango is a geographically isolated small town of only 16,000 residents, and yet year after year, we achieve and accomplish more than larger-populated places.While we...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Buying local products only half the equation

Like many of us, our family prefers to keep our dollars in La Plata County, so we make a conscious effort to Buy Local as often as possible.It feels good knowing the purchases we make are...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2011 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Swirling winds blow change downtown

The wind is an often-used metaphor for change. For me, the word “wind” creates a mental image of a natural force not to be ignored or denied. You can resist wind for a while, but it eventually...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2011 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Durango’s downtown shines for the pros

The state organization for downtown managers whose business is downtown economic and social vitality is known as Downtown Colorado Inc., or DCI. Last week, the association held its annual...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2011 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Autumn’s coming, but events keep downtown hot

Let’s start with Labor Day past, the national holiday dedicated to honoring the contributions of the American worker. I’d like to tell you I spent the day water skiing at the lake. Actually, like...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

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