Downtown Fresno http://kvpr.org en Creative Fresno Celebrates 10 Years http://kvpr.org/post/creative-fresno-celebrates-10-years <p>Back in the mid 1980’s writer and urban planner Charles Landry was the first to describe how creativity and specifically those involved in creative professions could transform a city – something he called the Creative Cities movement.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:55:47 +0000 Joe Moore 31252 at http://kvpr.org Creative Fresno Celebrates 10 Years Failed Downtown Fresno Housing Project Leaves City Holding The Bag http://kvpr.org/post/failed-downtown-fresno-housing-project-leaves-city-holding-bag <p>When it was first announced nearly seven years ago, the&nbsp;Bastian Court apartment complex was supposed to be an important part of a revitalized downtown Fresno. The city council liked the vision so much that they approved spending over $3 million in low-income housing funds on the project.</p><p>But now the land hat was once slated for a five story mixed-use building near the former Fresno Met Museum sits vacant, and could soon have a new owner - the City of Fresno.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:24:52 +0000 Joe Moore 30919 at http://kvpr.org Failed Downtown Fresno Housing Project Leaves City Holding The Bag City of Fresno Envisions New Downtown Developments Near Chukchansi Park http://kvpr.org/post/city-fresno-envisions-new-downtown-developments-near-chukchansi-park <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown Fresno's </span>Chukchansi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park could get some new mixed-use neighbors and a makeover, if a new development plan advanced by city officials moves forward.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:42:19 +0000 Joe Moore 30836 at http://kvpr.org City of Fresno Envisions New Downtown Developments Near Chukchansi Park City Council Approves Plan To Bring Cars To Fresno's Fulton Mall http://kvpr.org/post/city-council-approves-plan-bring-cars-fresnos-fulton-mall <p>Nearly fifty years after the Fulton Mall opened to national acclaim, &nbsp;Fresno City Council voted late Thursday night to approve a plan to replace the historic pedestrian zone with a two-way street. The 5-2 vote was the latest step in an effort that backers hope will revitalize downtown Fresno and the city's historic main street.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:06:43 +0000 Joe Moore 29103 at http://kvpr.org City Council Approves Plan To Bring Cars To Fresno's Fulton Mall Is It Terrible, Or A Treasure? Fresno's Fulton Mall Debate Heats Up http://kvpr.org/post/it-terrible-or-treasure-fresnos-fulton-mall-debate-heats <p>Is Fresno's Fulton Mall a priceless piece of art, or an impediment to revitalization of the city's historic core? That's the issue facing the Fresno City Council later this month, as the debate to re-open the pedestrian mall to vehicle traffic heats up, thanks to a $16 million federal grant.&nbsp;</p><p>On Valley Public Radio's Valley Edition, we invited guests with two different perspectives to join us and talk about their competing visions for the future of this historic part of the city. They were:</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:32:44 +0000 Joe Moore 28373 at http://kvpr.org Is It Terrible, Or A Treasure? Fresno's Fulton Mall Debate Heats Up Developer Plans Apartments, Retail in Downtown Fresno’s Former J.C. Penney Building http://kvpr.org/post/developer-plans-apartments-retail-downtown-fresno-s-former-jc-penney-building <p></p><p>A diamond in the rough. That’s what Los Angeles developer Shay Maghame sees in the 90-year old former J.C. Penney building on downtown Fresno’s Fulton Mall.</p><p>Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin joined Maghame at a press conference today, announcing plans for apartments and retail in the long vacant building, which overlooks Chukchansi Park.</p><p>“We stand ready to make sure this is a good business experience for you,” Swearengin says. “We know we are on the right track and your investment proves it.”</p><p>Maghame calls the building “The Diamanti.”</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:58:47 +0000 Ezra David Romero 20094 at http://kvpr.org Developer Plans Apartments, Retail in Downtown Fresno’s Former J.C. Penney Building 'Maker' Re-Creates Victorian Era Downtown Fresno With Cardboard http://kvpr.org/post/maker-re-creates-victorian-era-downtown-fresno-cardboard <p>John Rupe doesn't have a time machine. But he does have laminated cardboard, glue and thin sheets of copper - just enough to take a trip back in time to a Fresno that hasn't existed for over nearly a century. That year is 1900.&nbsp;</p><p>Rupe has always loved Downtown Fresno.&nbsp;</p><p>"I explored," Rupe said. "I was in Hotel Fresno in the 80's and it was vacant back then... I was in the Sun-Maid Raisin plant before it was demolished and the Republican Newspaper building, which has been demolished too."</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:12:26 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 14041 at http://kvpr.org 'Maker' Re-Creates Victorian Era Downtown Fresno With Cardboard ''Mini Maker Faire' Highlights Fresno's Quirky Creativity, Innovation http://kvpr.org/post/mini-maker-faire-highlights-fresnos-quirky-creativity-innovation <p>In a region of the country known for its agriculture exploits and groundbreaking farming techniques a new sort of innovation is developing. &nbsp;The Fresno Grizzlies along with Fresno Idea Works held the first ever Mini Maker Faire in Fresno on Sunday. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra Romero has this report. &nbsp;<br><span style="line-height: 1.5;">-----</span></p><p>It was a regular day at the ballpark. The crack of the bat, the crowd cheering as a player hits a ball out of the stadium and Parker -- the Fresno Grizzlies mascot – making the audience smile between innings.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:34:38 +0000 Ezra David Romero 14030 at http://kvpr.org ''Mini Maker Faire' Highlights Fresno's Quirky Creativity, Innovation