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During David Short’s interview to become the chief of the Downtown Mesa Association, he was given a blunt description of what he’d face if he took the job.
The nonprofit group that promotes downtown Mesa has selected a new executive director, choosing the person who currently oversees the downtown of Fort Collins, Colo. The Downtown Mesa Association hired David Short, who will begin his duties here on Nov. 1.
A wave of change is sweeping the organizations that promote economic development and charitable giving in Mesa as new leaders are taking the helm.
The Downtown Mesa Association has named a consultant to be the interim executive director of the non-profit organization that promotes the city center.
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The future of downtown Mesa entered uncertain territory as its top leaders resigned in the wake of growing tensions.
Frustrated merchants plan to shake up the organization that manages downtown Mesa, saying it must do more to promote the city center.
A 25-foot tall downtown sculpture based on the iconic American Gothic painting is proving Mesa is a place that celebrates art - or, depending on your view, that it's Hicksville, USA.
Downtown Mesa will get a major boost this year as merchants and the city launch four signature events that they want to grow into major annual festivals.
Downtown Mesa Association marketing and events coordinator Christy Wulf, left, and Downtown Mesa Association president Tom Verploegen pose along Main Street in downtown Mesa. Jan. 7, 2010.
Fabian De La Rosa has a simple rule for knowing who will stop in his downtown Mesa shop: If they park their car in front of his Lamb’s Shoe Repair, they’re going to walk through his doors.
A free bus route serving downtown Mesa has more than doubled ridership since it began service at the start of this year.
Friday night in Mesa was not like Friday night in Mesa. People were everywhere. They were at the Mesa Arts Center watching free performances inside and out. They were crowding into the restaurants. They were winding through the SunDust Gallery for its grand opening at 48 W. Main St.
A walk in downtown Mesa along Main Street Tuesday offered some of the hallmarks of a ghost town: empty storefronts and little pedestrian traffic.
Tom Verploegen, president of the Downtown Mesa Association, likes to show downtown Mesa skeptics his "then" and "now" pictures.
Tom Verploegen, president of the Downtown Mesa Association, and Crystal Russell, chairwoman of the Downtown Mesa Association, pose near their office in Mesa. April 23, 2009.
This is in response to “Mesa businesses wary about light rail,” a March 8 Tribune article by Sonu Munshi in which Tom Verploegen, president of the Downtown Mesa Association, told the City Council that opposition to running a 3.5-mile light-rail extension along Main Street in downtown Mesa has decreased.
Mesa is in line to get a light-rail ride into downtown. Now it's up to the City Council to hop on.
Looking for the perfect nude bra and panties? Head to downtown Mesa.
A key downtown group leader says that keeping downtown Mesa’s streets pedestrian-friendly is a priority, even if light rail would be extended down Main Street.
Lars Olofsson walked around downtown Mesa late Thursday afternoon, stopped to peer inside the Picnic Company, a sandwich shop, only to realize it was closed for the day. Olofsson rolled his eyes.
It's been around for 25 years, but the future role of the Downtown Mesa Association may well be pondered, if Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's questioning of the nonprofit Thursday is anything to go by.
A fresh collection of bronze statues won't gather on Mesa's Main Street next month, as organizers have decided to halt the nine-year-old winter show to save money. Hopefully, this will be only a temporary suspension of Sculptures in the Streets and support will rebound once the economy recovers.