Hit the Lights!
Usually the Celebration of Lights Parade and Tree Lighting are done after Thanksgiving. Why was the tree lighting done earlier this year?
Mayor of Whyville
WinterFest has quickly become a local and regional celebration of the holiday season. The extension of the season allows more people to take advantage of the great programming. So, if you have kids visiting home from college, friends coming into town for Thanksgiving, or just want to use your own time off to come downtown and enjoy the lights with friends and family, there’s more opportunity. As much as people say the holidays arrive earlier each year, they’re gone just as fast!
Ball park check! Awesome hotels check!! Mueseums check! Transportation check!!! Now, how about we add some nice places to eat like Chilis, Applebees, Hooters, how about a Hard Rock Cafe!! OK I’m dreaming. You get the idea. All of the fast food places are on Paisano St., whats up with that? I’m just saying we don’t have that mix in the heart of downtown. Why?
The Downtown Management District (DMD) welcomes all kinds of business downtown-small to big business, local to corporate. The DMD however, has no control over the types of businesses that end up downtown. The DMD offers programs for businesses that already exist in downtown in the form of Commercial Façade Improvement Grants, Iconic Signage and Lighting Grants, and Mural Grants, in addition to a Bike Rack Request Program, and marketing support to name of few.
The DMD is not the City of El Paso, although we do work closely with The City and County via inter-local agreements, such as Sanitation for example. Acquiring a great mix of both small businesses, and corporate brands is dependent on those businesses seeing a benefit to investing in downtown, as success breeds success. The businesses that chose their locations probably did so after careful consideration of the market in the area. Thanks to great efforts in both the private and public sectors by our partners in recent years, we have seen a transformation that will no doubt attract the kind of businesses you are looking for, in time.
That being said, part of Downtown El Paso’s identity and charm are the local businesses that represent the area and take chances they might not take elsewhere in the city. We’re glad you asked this question because we have recognized the need to provide a little more assistance to those that might want to invest in downtown.
In an effort to attract more businesses, and assist those entrepreneurs that might want to open the kind of franchise you speak or something unique we are hosting the first annual Start Up Downtown 1 to 1 Business Seminar, Workshop & Tour. On Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Foundation Room (333 N. Oregon), we will have speakers sharing their knowledge on starting a business downtown, a workshop with booths designed to guide and help actualize the vision of business owners, and an open house style tour of available spaces for lease in downtown. Register HERE for the Free event!
Since the atmosphere needed to attract more businesses is organic and dependent on many parties, we can only do our best to contribute to that in ways that hopefully make a difference.
Those of us that are spiritual can pray for a Hooters in the meantime.
Here at the Downtown Management District (DMD), we receive many questions daily, both on social media, our website, and over the phone. Some questions are asked often, and others are offbeat inquiries but great questions nonetheless. In this section, we will take one of your questions and answer it as best we can in an effort to better communicate to the public. Chances are if someone is wondering about something, someone else is too.
I understand that Chase Bank will be moving in to the Mills Building. Has this already happened? If not, when? Could you please research if they will move the giant weight scale that they used to have on the 2nd floor of the old building?
Chasing the Scale
Chasing the Scale,
The large scale is indeed at the new Chase Bank location at the Mills Building (303 N. Oregon Ste. 120). It can be seen from the sidewalk at a display window.
UTILITY BOX ARTISTS
I’ve noticed that some of our downtown utility boxes have cool artwork on them. Who’s responsible for that? Will there be artwork put on all the utility boxes? I think it really adds to our downtown vibe!
Most of our answer will be directly pulled from the a press release by the Museums and Cultural Affairs (MCAD.
“The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), along with the Streets and Maintenance Department, wrapped City-owned street signal utility boxes with works by local artists in downtown as part of the Beauty and the Box program.
The Beauty and the Box program will oversee installation of artwork on 29 utility boxes throughout downtown. MCAD selected the designs through an open call to artists held earlier [last] year . Thirteen different local artists created and designed the pieces. The program is a creative way to share more art with the city, add beauty otherwise plain to metal traffic boxes, celebrate the work of local artists and deter graffiti and vandalism. ”
The following 13 local artists currently have their pieces on display across the downtown area:
- Candy Mayer – El Paso Postcard
- Andy Diaz – Star on the Mountain
- Rigoberto de la Mora – Low Rider Pride
- Julian A. Vidales – Guardians
- Rob Mack – El Paso Welcomes You
- M. Angie Salazar – Visions #1
- Alex Briseño – Heritage
- Vanessa K. Clark – EP, TX
- Terrance Flores – Alphagator
- Rogelio Lozano – El Lagarto
- Lorena Williams – Aguas Fresca
- Yolanda Garcia – Woman with Headdress
- Arturo M. Enriquez – El Paso Style
Art Curious, we thank you for writing us, and hope this answered your question.
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