15 thoughts on “Jury Names Six BYOBroadway Finalists

      • Love the Jenga building as well, even if it’s nowhere near the DoSeum. But a whole block of pedestrian crossing on an already busy street? Ugh, that means vehicle traffic for all those people who live and work along Broadway is going to detour through the residential areas. Love the underpass ideas from the kids!

  1. If I had to pick a winner, I would give it to the cross block. It gives the street back to the pedestrian. Given the expensive nature of the other projects this can be done quite affordably.

    My runner up would be The Underpass Park.

    • Andrew

      The winners will be announced at the end of the BYOBroadway program, and return to the stage to collect their $5,000 checks, while the second place finishers will come up and receive $1,000 each. The audience will be selecting the $2,000 People’s Choice Award winner from the other 87 entries. All of the entries should be posted on our site by morning and there will be a printed representation of them at the Pearl Stable. This gives audience members the opportunity to review the entries ahead of time or as they arrive for the program. We hope you are there to vote. Thanks. –RR

  2. Great contest (I threw in a wildcard idea), but why is Centro advocating for any particular possible City 2017 Bond project at this time – or offering the prize money for BYOBroadway?

    This seems out of the scope of supplementing City services to improve the downtown pedestrian environment (including with ambassadors, streetscaping, maintenance and capital projects) within the existing (recently expanded) Public Improvement District (PID) – which Broadway barely falls into?

    See http://blog.mysanantonio.com/downtown/2013/05/centro-to-tap-into-public-improvement-district/

    Walking downtown in 2016 shows there’s plenty of sidewalks and public areas within the current PID that need cleaning, landscaping, capital improvements, provision of visitor information and other supplementary services beyond and in priority to the few blocks of Broadway that are within the PID.

    There’s clearly need for Centro’s planned business retention and recruitment work (including the enhancement and implementation of the 2012 downtown retail growth strategy) for the area between Alamo Plaza and Market Square – meant to be the focus of Centro”s efforts 2015-2019, per their draft Service and Assessment Plan presented to Council in 2014?

    See https://sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1898896&GUID=6EEA9005-CC4D-4CFD-B989-493B7528F62D&FullText=1

    In September 2015, Centro added ‘Broadway Corridor’ as a potential Capitol Project area for their FY 2016 plan – along with electrical infrastructure and furnishings and landscaping improvements earmarked specifically for the ‘west side’ of the PID this fiscal year.

    See https://sanantonio.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2455218&GUID=158B049E-EE3E-43D4-A2C1-FA0973C3A6E9&FullText=1

    It’s planting season in San Antonio right now and at HEB at $6 a plant, $20k in prize money could pay for a lot of native/drought tolerant landscaping (not to mention possible street furnishings) for currently barren western areas of the PID – and as the end of the fiscal year quickly approaches.

    In terms of electrical infrastructure, as of March 2016, key City food truck program sites central to the PID (including at Travis Park, just north of the Frost Tower and at the Weston Center on Soledad) have not been provided electrical plug-ins to help address noise and air pollution and enhance the downtown pedestrian experience – as we enter a key tourism and outdoor dining (as well as now annual ozone risk) season.

    In addition, many sidewalk stretches downtown are pitch black at night – including stretches from Market Square to Main Plaza to the Tobin Center (within the PID) as well as routes to and from and between UTSA downtown and VIA’s Centro Plaza (just west of the PID). The distraction of a ‘better Broadway’ has somehow eclipsed the responsibility for basically okay Nueva, Dolorosa/Market, Commerce, Travis, Houston, Martin and other streets for visitors and locals including student within the downtown PID this fiscal year and through the coming holiday seasons.

    If Centro is maneuvering towards expanding the PID, they should be looking west to Centro Plaza and UTSA downtown as well as south to the new HEB (Dwyer, Main & Frio) in tandem with Broadway north – all areas of new and potential infill residential and commercial development in the greater downtown area. Regardless, Centro’s ‘Other Projects’ budget for FY 2016 – which lists completing a ‘ROI Evaluation for projects to be considered for the City’s 2017 Bond program’ as a task – specifies that the funds / 2017 bond program evaluation work is meant for projects within the current PID only?

    Centro’s key involvement in the BYOBroadway competition could have limited the focus of the contest to the blocks of Broadway south of Brooklyn Avenue, per the current PID boundary.

    See http://downtownsanantonio.org/centro

    More critically, Centro advocating for any specific potential 2017 City Bond projects should be accompanied with more detail about how Centro has evaluated the ROI of possible 2017 bond projects for the existing PID in comparison with other PID-specific projects – per the Service and Assessment Plans presented to and approved by Council.

    I’m excited to read more about what PID-specific possible 2017 bond projects Centro has proposed and/or evaluated beyond apparently leading advocacy for Broadway corridor work in recent weeks?

    Perhaps they’re considering reducing traffic lanes to widen the east sidewalk on St Mary’s between Travis and Commerce to support the PID’s downtown theatre district? Maybe they’re exploring reducing traffic lanes to widen the north sidewalk on Commerce from St Mary’s to Santa Rosa to further support the downtown retail growth strategy’s West Commerce District new Zona Cultural district as well as to improve the public transit experience for visitors and downtown commuters (including by improving a key sidewalk conflict and recent pedestrian fatality point on Commerce near Flores)?

    Perhaps there’s 2017 bond funds for pedestrianizing sections of Houston Street and Alamo Plaza within the PID to improve the pedestrian experience downtown? Maybe they’re considering pedestrian improvements on Martin Street, anticipating SAISD land redevelopment and San Pedro Creek trail work in the next few years? Perhaps they’re exploring pedestrian work beneath the I35/i10 Martin Street to Nueva, (a key north-south PID ‘street’) to help improve connections with Market Square, UTSA downtown and Centro Plaza while helping to address downtown parking needs?

    These possible projects within the current PID merit attention and resource expenditure by Centro similar to if not exceeding their support for speculative work on Broadway well beyond the current PID boundary. Many of the contest ideas highlighted above (and likely other submitted ideas) could help San Antonio build a better downtown Public Improvement District – if moved off Broadway and focused to the streets and sites that Centro is currently responsible for.

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