A view of Hotel Emma from the river with the amphitheater. Photo by Scott Martin.

Welcome to Hotel Emma at the Pearl

Editor's Note: Silver Ventures, owner of the Pearl, and San Francisco-based Kimpton Properties, an international boutique hotels operator, have dissolved their operating agreement for Kimpton to operate and manage the Hotel Emma, set to open on the Pearl campus in the former brewhouse on Oct.

Professors Margaret Sledge and Brantley Hightower lead their class in a discussion of the potential development of Alamo Plaza. Image courtesy Corey Leamon.

Alamo Plaza: Three Views From Studio Trinity

Despite its status as the state’s most popular tourist destination, the Alamo site exists as an odd amalgamation of history and commerce.  The awkward coexistence of solemn memorials and kitsch souvenir shops creates an environment that caters to tourists much more than those of us who call San Antonio home.  Even though it sits in both the cultural and physical heart of our city, there are few reasons to go there unless we have a friend visiting from out of town.