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My Bold Challenge – Over the Edge 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

  A participant rappels down the Pacific Southwest Building (2012). Photo via Downtown Fresno Partnership   One of my closest gal friends and I often give ourselves “bold challenges” to push ourselves to try new things. Now, I have set a bold challenge for myself; bolder than any other challenge I will complete for 2013! I am going to take part in Downtown Fresno Partnership’s event, called Over the Edge. I’m going to rappel down the tallest building in Fresno, the Pacific Southwest... 

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CArtHop Visits North Fresno

Thursday, November 15, 2012

  CArtHop in River Park started quietly. Photo by CArtHop.   CArtHop started about three months ago with the help of Downtown Fresno Partnership, Creative Fresno, Dusty Buns and Fresno Brewing Company, to name a few. Its first home is the north end of the Fulton Mall, every Thursday, from 10am to 2 pm. CArtHop has added two locations, this week alone: Tuesdays in River Park Area and Saturdays at downtown Fresno’s outdoor ice rink! CArtHop is a regular event that brings Fresno’s mobile food vendors... 

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Fulton Mall: The Future

Friday, August 3, 2012

    Improving the Fulton Mall is the the City of Fresno’s number one priority in revitalizing downtown Fresno. I talked about the deteriorating condition of the Fulton Mall in this blog post. The Advisory Committee for the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan (FCSP), nominated three options for the future of the Fulton Mall. After the environmental review process, the City Council is expected to adopt an option next year. The new Fulton is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015. The City was rewarded... 

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Fulton Mall Option 1 Photo Depiction

FCSP: Fulton Mall Option 1

Friday, August 3, 2012

  OPTION 1: RECONNECT FORMER STREET GRID ON TRADITIONAL STREETS (Edited 9/19/12). Photo depiction of Option 1. Crosswalks are placed every half a block and provide space for existing art features. Pruned trees and better signage make store fronts more visible. The sidewalks are wide enough for outdoor seating and pedestrian traffic. Cars can park in front of stores. The facades once covering the upper floors of buildings have been taken down. More street lighting is added and are updated with a historical character. Features... 

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Fulton Mall Option 2 Photo Depiction

FCSP: Fulton Mall Option 2

Friday, August 3, 2012

  OPTION 2: RECONNECT STREET GRID WITH VIGNETTES Visual depiction of Option 2. Shows what an newly-paved street and a vignette will look like. For each vignette, there will be no parking allowed. The vignettes display the old design of the Mall. Street lighting will be improved, store signage will be more visible and the facades of upper floors will be taken down to make more residential and offices available. Features Vehicular traffic going both ways. Six vignettes direct cars around most of the original artwork.... 

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History

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Fulton Mall: Then

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  The Fulton Mall is a pedestrian-only mall located on Fulton Street in Downtown Fresno. It occupies six blocks between Tuolumne and Inyo Streets. Fresno and Tulare Streets allow cars to drive through the Mall, but do not allow on-street parking. The Mall is 2,670 feet long and 80-feet wide. The mall is known as an outdoor museum of art. It has 20 art features, 80 seating areas, two tot lots, and 144 trees. The Mall was determined eligible to be listed on the National Register... Read More

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Area Profiles

Fulton Mall: Now

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  The Fulton Mall is a pedestrian-only mall located on Fulton Street in Downtown Fresno. It occupies six blocks between Tuolumne and Inyo Streets. Fresno and Tulare Streets allow vehicular traffic through the mall but there is no on-street parking. The Mall is 2,670 feet long and 80-feet wide. The mall is known as an outdoor [...]

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People

Jackie Holmes, El Dorado Park Volunteer

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  “I much rather live in a place where there are differences than a homogenized community where everything is blah.” Meet Jackie Holmes. She volunteers to improve El Dorado Park by cooperating with several organizations. El Dorado Park is one of the neighborhoods targeted in efforts to revitalize the Fresno State area. Jackie was born and [...]

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Businesses

Joy and Rio, Yoshi NOW!

Yoshi NOW! is the latest in the string of stores Yoshi has opened in Fresno.

“Yoshi NOW! is a glorified flea market.” Rio, left, and Joy help run Yoshi NOW! Meet Joy Harvell and daughter Rio Harvell-Toi. They run Yoshi NOW!, located in downtown Fresno. Yoshi NOW! is the fourth and latest store Yoshi Toi has opened in Frenso. It’s your one-stop shop for everything vintage or retro, from shelves upon [...]

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Artists

Papa T, ArtHop

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  “Everything is go-go-go for me, so art is a way to wind down.” Meet Tony Persons (aka Papa T). Tony is a full-time special education teacher for Clovis Unified and a part-time artist. Born and raised in Turlock, Tony and his wife moved to Fresno to attend Fresno State. He loved that Fresno was a [...]