Alpine, Texas Community Guide 2017 - Page 11

Downtown Alpine sparkles a little more each day, since friends, residents and business owners banded together to fix facades, pretty-up parks, and show-off the best of local businesses. Alpine Downtown Association and Murphy Street Historic District, two independent organizations, are working to create a walkable and fun future, and it all fits into City of Alpine’s long-term vision plan. Downtown improvements have been on an upswing since the 1990s, when some major infrastructure improvements were first made. It was at that time, through Main Street programs and an Alpine Business Linkage Enhancement grant secured by businessman Dave Busey, that Murphy Street was paved, and sidewalks and handicap accessible walkways were added on both sides of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks that choo-choo through the middle of town. That literally paved the way for businesses to flourish. Alpine Downtown Association Alpine Downtown Association (ADA) formed in 2016 to focus on the core downtown area, loosely bounded by Sul Ross and Murphy avenues to the north and south, and 3rd and 7th streets to the east and west. The group wants to offer locals more reasons to hang out in the core district, and decided to hold quarterly Heart of Alpine events, for businesses to stay open later than usual, and give people something to do. ADA is basically a brainstorming machine of downtown aficionados thinking of creative ways to make Alpine a more sociable place. They decided to adopt the emblem of El Corazon and incorporate elements of the Sacred Heart to represent the concept, since it embraces Alpine’s Hispanic heritage and symbolizes a blazingly bright future. The group will hold Heart of Alpine nights in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry in February, Alpine Gem and Mineral Show in April, Big Bend Ranch Rodeo in August and December’s parade and lighting event. The point of Heart of Alpine isn’t to offer more of the same old, Continued on page 12 2017-18 Community Guide & Chamber of Commerce Directory | alpine TEXAS 11