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.