Renovated Riverside Convention Center reopens

Renovated Riverside Convention Center reopens

After several years of planning and 1.5 years of reconstruction, the doors swung open March 1 on the extensively renovated Riverside Convention Center in downtown. Located at the northern end of the Main Street pedestrian mall at Fifth Street, the convention center began life in 1976 as Ben H. Lewis Hall at Raincross Square. It has undergone a few modest…

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Local malls holding their own

On the heels of the worst holiday shopping season since 1969, the nation’s retail landscape is likely headed for moderate changes as weak and battered retailers file for bankruptcy protection, close stores and/or shut down entirely. The transformation could see shoppers, both nationally and locally, greeted in the coming months with more than a few empty storefronts lining the halls…

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Time to grow up

Time to grow up

If population projections released this past week come to fruition, Riverside County will be the second most-populous county in California by 2050, ranking behind only behemoth Los Angeles County. The report, issued by the California Department of Finance — the folks responsible for statewide fiscal planning and demographics — says Riverside County can expect to house 4.7 million residents in…

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Out & About – 05/06/2007

Out & About – 05/06/2007

Sunday, May 6, 2007 – Downtown Riverside was busier than usual this past weekend as both ends of Main Street hosted separate 3-day events. At the south end near the Riverside County Courthouse was the 9th annual “Show and Go” classic car show. Produced by Riverside East Rotary, the car and cruising event has steadily grown to showcase several hundred…

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Ground broken for Ontario arena

Ground broken for Ontario arena

A new era has begun for Inland Southern California as ground was broken this week for the area’s first major-league caliber sports/entertainment arena. Located just west of Ontario Mills near the junction of I-10 and I-15, Citizens Business Bank Arena will rise on one of the last remaining parcels of the former Ontario Motor Speedway. As the centerpiece for the…

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Citizens Business Bank Arena

Citizens Business Bank Arena

Ontario-based Citizens Business Bank announced this week they have bought the naming rights to an 11,000 seat arena planned for Ontario. As the largest locally-based financial institution, the marriage makes perfect sense. Expected to open in late 2008, Citizens Arena is part of the city’s Piemonte at Ontario Center, a mixed-use project planned for the remaining land of what once…

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