downtown http://kvpr.org en Downtown Fresno's Cosmopolitan Restaurant Headed To Selland Parking Lot http://kvpr.org/post/downtown-fresnos-cosmopolitan-restaurant-headed-selland-parking-lot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of Fresno's oldest restaurants could soon have a new home, in what is now a parking lot at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center.</span></p><p>On Thursday the Fresno City Council is set to vote on a proposal to sell a portion of the city-owned lot at the corner of Ventura and O streets to Gary Lanfranco, owner of the Cosmopolitan Bar &amp; Grill.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:06:39 +0000 Joe Moore 31878 at http://kvpr.org Downtown Fresno's Cosmopolitan Restaurant Headed To Selland Parking Lot New Downtown Arts Complex Brings Momentum to 'M Street' http://kvpr.org/post/new-downtown-arts-complex-brings-momentum-m-street <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the past decade, downtown Fresno's arts scene has blossomed with new galleries and studios, not to mention live-work lofts and an area filled with public art that's been dubbed the mural district.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:35:47 +0000 Joe Moore 24089 at http://kvpr.org New Downtown Arts Complex Brings Momentum to 'M Street' Historic Fresno Arch May Move For High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/historic-fresno-arch-may-move-high-speed-rail <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Up and down the valley, many cities have historic signs or archways which welcome visitors to town. Modesto's arch promotes a city filled with "Water Wealth Contentment and Health." Clovis proudly proclaims itself as the "Gateway to the Sierras," and Bakersfield makes a bold statement with its arch off of Buck Owens Boulevard. Fresno has its own historic archway, but as </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Joe Moore reports, it may soon need a new home.</span></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:09:12 +0000 Joe Moore 23469 at http://kvpr.org Historic Fresno Arch May Move For High Speed Rail Fresno To Get High-End, High-Rise Downtown Restaurant? http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-get-high-end-high-rise-downtown-restaurant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATED: 5/17/13 (see below)</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Could Fresno </span>foodies<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> soon be enjoying a gourmet meal at the top of the tallest privately-owned building in Central California?</span></p><p>Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin suggested as much &nbsp;with this interesting nugget of information during her State of the City address today:</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 02:44:29 +0000 Joe Moore 15278 at http://kvpr.org Fresno To Get High-End, High-Rise Downtown Restaurant? Fresno's Twee Boutique To Close http://kvpr.org/post/fresnos-twee-boutique-close <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A downtown Fresno gift store that specializes in handmade and "indie" arts and craft products is set to close.</span></p><p>Store owner Melanie Davis announced that she plans to shut down retail operation on the boutique's Facebook page Tuesday morning. She says the shop will stay open through the end of March:</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:23:27 +0000 Joe Moore 10697 at http://kvpr.org Fresno's Twee Boutique To Close Mayor Renews Call to Add Cars Back to Fresno's Fulton Mall http://kvpr.org/post/mayor-renews-call-add-cars-back-fresnos-fulton-mall <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fresno mayor Ashley </span>Swearengin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> renewed her call to open the Fulton Mall to automobile traffic at today’s annual State of Downtown Breakfast.</span></p><p>Swearengin told the crowd of business leaders and downtown boosters that her number one job for the next four years is to rally support for her downtown plan, which includes the first major changes to Fresno’s former main street in the last five decades.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:25:57 +0000 Joe Moore 10377 at http://kvpr.org Mayor Renews Call to Add Cars Back to Fresno's Fulton Mall Fresno to Explore Possibility of Downtown 'Public Market' in Former Gottschalks Building http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-explore-possibility-downtown-public-market-former-gottschalks-building <p>A national expert on public markets toured Fresno today to explore the potential of creating a year-round indoor market for the valley’s agricultural and prepared food products.&nbsp;</p><p>The bottom two floors of a downtown parking garage, once home to the&nbsp;Gottschalks department store, could become the home of a new indoor public market for produce, baked goods and other food items, according to officials with the city of Fresno.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:53:31 +0000 Joe Moore 9146 at http://kvpr.org Fresno to Explore Possibility of Downtown 'Public Market' in Former Gottschalks Building On Valley Edition: Armen Bacon "Griefland"; Homeless No More; Fresno Public Market http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-armen-bacon-griefland-homeless-no-more-fresno-public-market <p>Today on Valley Edition, we talk with local author Armen Bacon about her new book <a href="http://www.griefland.com/">"Griefland"</a> and learn how a friendship grew out of the tragic loss of her son. We'll also talk about how tragic circumstances can change lives.&nbsp;Peter Nazaretian, a licensed marriage and family therapist, also joins our discussion.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:47:22 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 9128 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Armen Bacon "Griefland"; Homeless No More; Fresno Public Market On Valley Edition: Jobs for Vets; Community Gardens http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-jobs-vets-community-gardens <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about programs that aim to give Valley veterans who are returning from combat a leg up in the job market. We talk with a group from Fresno that is trying to turn around troubled neighborhoods, in part through community gardens. And we&#39;ll also talk with the CEO of the new Downtown Fresno Partnership, which is encouraging Fresno residents to jump off the city&#39;s tallest landmark, for a good cause.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Valley Edition for May 22, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 22 May 2012 20:40:19 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1141 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Splitting Up California; Downtown Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-splitting-california-downtown-fresno <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the recent resurgence of an old idea, splitting up the Golden State, with the authors of a new book called &quot;California Crackup.&quot; We&#39;ll also talk about the continuing effort to revitalize downtown Fresno.</p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 01:11:41 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1172 at http://kvpr.org