The DISTRICT's 25th Annual Downtown Progressive Party will take place today from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Registration is at the Hotel Indigo located at 301 Union St. Tickets are $60 at the door and include parking, food, beverages and entertainment at each location. Parking is provided at the Commerce Street Garage B (a pass required prior to entering).
The DISTRICT will recognize Spirit of the District Award recipients Brenda and Ruble Sanderson. The special celebrity host is Darryl Worley.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 400-0178 or through TicketWeb at http://goo.gl/j9ucx.
Ann Roberts, a member of The District’s board and former director of the Metro Historical Commission, said the area (which comprises Lower Broad, Second Avenue and Printers Alley) has made huge strides during the past 25 years.
“When the Historical Commission wanted to move to the Silver Dollar Saloon in 1978, the Metro Council was reluctant to approve the lease because of concerns about our safety,” Roberts recalled. “When the staff promised to walk to our cars together and to always have at least two people in the building, the lease was approved. We could stop conversations by saying, ‘I work on Lower Broad.’ ”
Shortly thereafter, the Broadway Revitalization Committee was formed, conducting morning meetings in Tootsie's. Roberts recalled that at the time, Swingers' World occupied the building from which Gruhn Guitar now operates.
“Second Avenue was in transition — still a number of warehouses and wholesale businesses,” she said. “Architect Neill Bass was one of the first to adapt one of the warehouses to a new use — his architectural firm. That was in the early 1970s. We were thrilled when the Spaghetti Factory took over another building because that restaurant was known for trailblazing in urban areas.”