Jaime Solis

On Dec. 5 the newly consolidated downtown development nonprofit Centro San Antonio will be hosting its annual Urban Spaces Tour, highlighting San Antonio’s emerging urban core.

The theme this year, “Into The Core,” promises to provide an experience as unique as the locations.

“We’ve got some really amazing residential spaces on our tour, as well as commercial spaces that aren’t open to the public,” said Melissa Burnett, director of marketing and communications for Centro San Antonio. The venues on the route are still a secret, the only hint Burnett revealed was the tour’s general location: west downtown. 

Food will be provided by downtown restaurants La Margarita, Lüke, Restaurant Gwendolyn and The Bike Waiter; beverages by Alamo Beer.  

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“There will be a few fun surprises along the way,” Burnett assured. 

The Urban Spaces Tour has become an entertaining and social way to bring curious people together to show off what downtown San Antonio has to offer. Last year, approximately 180 people from all over San Antonio – some interested in moving downtown, some exploring their own neighborhood – took a tour of residences and businesses in the Lone Star Arts District (an unofficial title) just south of South Alamo Street on Probandt, Cevallos and South Flores Street.

[Read more: Urban Spaces Tour 2012: Lofts and Workspaces of Lone Star Arts District]

Cevallos Loft courtyard and pool, 301 E. Cevallos St. Photo by Iris Dimmick.
Cevallos Loft courtyard and pool, 301 E. Cevallos St. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

This year’s tour will begin with an opening reception at the Southwest School of Arts (300 Augusta St.).

Tours start at 4:00 pm and begin every 30 minutes until 7:30 pm – the 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. tours are sold out. Tickets are $60 for Centro members, $70 general admission. Discounts for couples, groups, students and military vary. Click here for more information.

A lucky Rivard Report reader will win a pair of tickets for themselves and a guest for the 6:30 p.m. tour by answering one simple question:  

What’s your favorite urban space? Tell us what your favorite location in San Antonio’s center city is and why it’s special to you.

Urban oasis: Ralf enjoys King William Park. Photo by Jaime Solis.
Ralf enjoys the urban oasis that is King William Park. Photo by Jaime Solis.

For example, my favorite place in the downtown area is King William Park; a quiet, triangular park nestled in the King William Historic District. This place is special to me because its where my girlfriend and I lounge around in the grass – allowing our dog loose to play in the open space.

Leave your comment below this article or comment on our Facebook page story link (these comments are imported to our website) and your name will be entered into the drawing. 

When commenting here, include your first and last name along with your email address in the appropriate fields. Your email will not be visible to the public unless you enter it into the comment text field. We advise you to enter it into the provided field so that only our team can see it – it will not be used for any purpose but to contact winners.

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The winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 2.


Jaime Solis is the Director of Marketing and Development for the Rivard Report. You can follow him on Twitter at @_JaimeSolis and contact him at jaime@rivardreport.com.


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Jaime Solis

Jaime Solis is the director of development and advertising sales for the Rivard Report. You can contact him at jaime@rivardreport.com.