Downtown Partnership News

New year, new challenges … we’re ready

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | Columnists, Downtown Partnership News, Featured | 1 Comment

By Lana Harrison | Downtown Partnership News

“I was driving a truck and I didn’t know how to do anything else that would make good money,” said Tori Wilson.

Wilson, who served in the Air Force in the late 1980s and early ’90s, was about to have a son. She had recently separated from her husband, and like so many other veterans, was struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other disabilities.

Powering up

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Columnists, Downtown Partnership News, Featured | 1 Comment

New horizons for ‘The Free Ride’ By Lana Harrison | Downtown Partnership News Why have three caterpillars when you can have 20 ants? It’s a funny question but an apt analogy and unofficial motto for Alex Esposito and James Mirras, founders of FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown). The question has served as a way to explain […]

Farewell, Ms. Michell!

By Angela Wells

Our lives are made up of a string of changes — beautiful, daunting, exciting changes.

At the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), we’ve recently come face-to-face with that reality. Kris Michell, our president and CEO since 2011, has taken a new gig at City Hall, and our search for a new leader has begun.

The power of place(making)

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Columnists, Downtown Partnership News, Featured | No Comments

By Kris Michell | Downtown Partnership News

As a native San Diegan, I am certainly partial to our city. How could I possibly be unbiased? With miles and miles of beaches and bays, nearly 300 days of sunshine each year and an unparalleled quality of life, San Diego is objectively amazing.

So, when world-renowned placemaking expert Fred Kent came to visit, I couldn’t wait to show him around the place I am proud to call home. Within an hour of meeting with Fred and his team from NYC-based Project for Public Spaces, I swallowed a dose of reality: San Diego needs work.

The real heroes of Comic-Con don’t wear capes – they wear vests 

By Kris Michell | Downtown Partnership News   Once again, Comic-Con International recently drew a crowd of more than 130,000 convention-goers to Downtown San Diego. Residents and tourists alike flocked to the Gaslamp Quarter to attend the popular annual event, enjoy free things to do around the Convention Center, or grab a meal and people-watch along Fifth Avenue.

Find your summer with us

By Kris Michell | Downtown Partnership News Summer is upon us, and it’s a great time to be Downtown. From catching a baseball game, to hanging with your favorite superheroes during Comic-Con, summer Downtown is full of opportunities to experience the city life. Here at the Downtown Partnership, we are doing our part to make Downtown […]

Maker’s Quarter is a game changer

By Kris Michell | Downtown Partnership News San Diego cannot thrive without an economically prosperous Downtown, and Downtown cannot succeed without a healthy balance of commercial and residential opportunities. This week, Downtown breaks ground on the first multi-tenant office building in nearly a decade — Block D of the new and innovative Makers Quarter.

Placemaking: creating urban spaces people love

By Kris Michell | Downtown Partnership News The desire to reshape and reimagine public spaces is not a new one. From large plazas to small parks, shared spaces connect people and promote community character. In Downtown, the opportunities for placemaking activities are endless. However, the lack of a clear permitting process significantly hampers these opportunities. At […]