Rapid City's downtown has undergone numerous changes over the years. This timeline tracks developments that have changed the look and feel of the downtown area.

This is a companion piece to the History of Downtown Parking.

1970's

Replacing the Harney Hotel with city parking lot deserves support -- December 9, 1971

Assessor lists Harney Hotel's value, tax debt -- December 14, 1971

Downtown group agrees on steps to spur action -- March 7, 1974

Citizens advisory group approves downtown urban renewal program -- June 19, 1974

Merchants split on urban renewal -- June 20, 1974

LPA gives reluctant go ahead to urban renewal along Main Street -- July 29, 1974

Downtown business not in a rut despite street conditions -- August 14, 1974

Consider potential of downtown -- November 30, 1974

$1.6 million 'facelift' proposed for city block -- November 19, 1975

Main Street proposal is exciting concept -- November 20, 1975

Town meeting on redevelopment of city block discussed by LPA -- November 24, 1975

Proposed downtown revitalization plan draws concern for off-street parking -- January 16, 1976

Decision postponed on buying property in 700 block of Main -- January 20, 1976

Consultant expresses optimism for revitalization of downtown -- January 28, 1977

Hilton called 'critical' to downtown revitalization -- February 23, 1977

Downtown renewal faces further delay -- March 28, 1977

Downtown to feel loss of major stores but merchants optimistic about future -- May 19, 1977

Madden wants list of things to be done downtown -- September 13, 1977

Downtown development to be discussed -- September 25, 1977

Citizens identify downtown priorities -- September 30, 1977

Is downtown worth saving... again -- October 4, 1977

Rebuild Downtown? -- October 4, 1977

City, retailers join to give downtown a festive look -- November 8, 1977

Downtown beautification project should move soon -- January 20, 1978

Downtown redevelopment plans approved -- February 14, 1978

Downtown building plans good news to Rapid City -- February 20, 1978

Downtown redevelopment finalized -- February 26, 1978

Group proposes to build downtown Radisson -- September 2, 1979

Downtown has future, says study -- Novemeber 26, 1979

Downtown Hilton clears financial hurdle; building could begin soon -- November 21, 1979

1980's

Not all nodding "yes" to nodules -- May 10, 1980

Downtown merchants urge caution on nodule expansion -- May 13, 1980

Project significant -- May 14, 1980

An open letter to Mayor Art LaCroix -- May 22, 1980

Downtown will be better place for people -- May 23, 1980

Eight more corner nodes could sprout -- May 28, 1980

City to evaluate nodes, gives go-ahead for design of eight more -- June 3, 1980

New building to rise from building rubble -- June 6, 1980

Another phase of downtown facelift begins -- June 9, 1980

Another building bites the dust -- June 13, 1980

City to save downtown tree -- June 30, 1980

Public opinion reverses on nodules -- August 25, 1980

Corner node project draws new objections -- August 27, 1980

Mayor casts deciding vote for nodes -- September 3, 1980

Node projects to go on with less controversy -- May 12, 1981

Downtown nodes to cost $540,000 -- May 13, 1981

Downtown changes an encouraging sign -- June 1, 1981

Downtown to have new major structure -- June 1, 1981

City to put up $165,000 for new downtown bus terminal -- September 4, 1981

Nodes make downtown mood more pleasant -- September 30, 1981

Downtown association isn't cure-all -- October 22, 1981

Planners seek change in downtown zoning -- March 10, 1982

Bank loans are not responsible for downtown construction boom -- March 23, 1982

Merchants don't want mission downtown -- July 13, 1982

New trial possible in Rescue Mission dispute -- July 27, 1982

City says judge wrong about rescue mission -- December 14, 1982

Attorneys want to find new home for mission -- September 8, 1983

Importance of airport, parking to new companies disputed -- January 20, 1984

City people to vote on tax increase -- January 22, 1984

Sales tax election gets good turnout -- January 25, 1984

City to interview firms on new ramp, city hall -- February 16, 1984

Leased space key to downtown parking ramp -- March 6, 1984

Sixth and Omaha picked as new city hall site -- May 17, 1984

City studying tax district to pay for ramp -- November 28, 1984

Downtown in period of transition, says Downtown Association President Thatcher -- November 29, 1984

City looking at special downtown tax district -- January 28, 1985

Council adopts tax increment district -- February 5, 1985

Proposed tax increment district smaller than planned -- February 12, 1985

Local group buys Hotel Alex Johnson -- February 21, 1985

Notice to Rapid City and rural Pennington county taxpayers -- February 28, 1985

Taxing district letter -- February 28, 1985

Public hearing scheduled on tax increment district for main street -- April 4, 1985

Rapid City planners do serious dreaming about downtown -- July 1, 1985

City officials to ask for ideas for downtown renovation -- June 27, 1985

Group forms task force to improve downtown -- October 10, 1985

Plan to feed the hungry downtown is dropped -- November 19, 1985

Council to consider tax increment district -- January 31, 1986

Group supports downtown area tax district plan -- August 12, 1987

Care center finds a home downtown -- September 8, 1987

Letters on care center -- October 11, 1987

City Hall to house mission -- October 16, 1987

Council expected to approve downtown mission -- October 19, 1987

Main street program begins -- February 10, 1988

Development of downtown tops agenda -- February 21, 1988

Team to study city downtown Tuesday -- April 5, 1988

Consultants give ideas to improve downtown -- April 8, 1988

Bits & pieces -- August 3, 1988

Downtown shelter to open soon -- October 28, 1988

Downtown booster sees need for private funds -- March 26, 1989

Businessman believes historic renovation will pay off -- March 26, 1989

Downtown group wants an added tax -- June 16, 1989

Downtown letters -- June 20, 1989

Downtown district foes circulate petitions -- June 23, 1989

Warning ad -- June 24, 1989

Downtown letters -- June 25, 1989

The downtown business improvement district -- June 26, 1989

First of three meetings set today to discuss proposed special district -- June 26, 1989

Understanding needed on downtown BID -- June 27, 1989

Ballot demanded on downtown plan -- June 27, 1989

Downtown plan gets mixed response in second meeting -- June 28, 1989

Streets project viewed as boost for downtown -- July 17, 1989

Downtown district letter -- July 19, 1989

Downtown plan called first step -- September 30, 1989

Planners approve mission site again -- October 11, 1989

Don't be fooled by scare tactics -- November 16, 1989

Warning (Anti-BID ad) -- November 24, 1989

Downtown has a future in a BID -- December 3, 1989

BID starts over on vital project -- December 6, 1989

Mayor names 21 to new BID board -- December 6, 1989

It may be back to start for BID -- December 7, 1989

BID undemocratic -- December 13, 1989

Elks closing has message for '90s -- December 28, 1989

Elks to be 6th to close in recent months -- December 29, 1989

1990's

Downtown buildings can get a lookover -- February 22, 1990

Downtown still struggling -- February 26, 1990

BID could unite downtown core -- March 3, 1990

Downtown plan hinges on vote of businesses -- March 8, 1990

Pared BID beats deceased BID -- March 8, 1990

Forum on BID sparks debate -- March 22, 1990

Slim majority supports BID -- March 29, 1990

Council sets BID hearing -- April 3, 1990

Downtown board to review plans for work on streets -- April 9, 1990

City commits funds for downtown master plan -- April 16, 1990

Council approves BID 5-4 -- April 19, 1990

BID opponents to circulate referral petitions -- June 6, 1990

BID board to be picked Thursday -- June 13, 1990

Downtown workshop takes up parking, lights -- July 1, 1990

Should Rapid City voters approve downtown BID? -- July 13, 1990

BID supporters file lawsuit to stop citywide referendum -- July 14, 1990

BID opinions aired as judge studies petition -- July 17, 1990

BID won't be on ballot -- July 18, 1990

BID will be on the ballot, but votes disallowed -- July 19, 1990

Time to put BID bitterness behind -- July 19, 1990

BID board takes up master plan at first meeting -- July 24, 1990

Downtown groups working to merge with Schnell as director -- July 25, 1990

Petitions to repeal BID out again -- August 10, 1990

DDC director resigns position -- August 28, 1990

Schnell's exit painful for BID, not terminal -- August 29, 1990

BID foes criticize assessments -- August 30, 1990

Less than half of BID charges beat deadline -- September 6, 1990

Panel backs BID grace period -- September 13, 1990

Council OKs BID tax payment grace period -- September 19, 1990

DDC awaits temporary new director -- September 21, 1990

Downtowners appoint Rempher interim director -- September 26, 1990

One-fourth of BID taxes still unpaid -- September 29, 1990

BID straw vote called rigged -- November 14, 1990

Anti-BID member accepted vote extension -- November 17 1990

Downtown BID letters -- November 27, 1990

Downtown BID letters -- November 29, 1990

Special BID election divides downtown -- December 1, 1990

Downtown Business Improvement District is unfair/ Downtown BID offers chance to improve city's center -- December 1, 1990

Steps to BID election -- December 1, 1990

Save Downtown ad -- December 1, 1990

City hoping for better response to parking offer -- December 2, 1990

Downtown struggles to fill buildings -- December 2, 1990

What does the BID do? -- December 2, 1990

Coeur d'Alene's BID is working -- December 2, 1990

Vote 'no' Tuesday to benefit downtown -- December 2, 1990

Voters to decide on BID Tuesday -- December 3, 1990

Voters turn lights out on BID -- December 5, 1990

Court will decide fate of past BID assessments -- December 6, 1990

Rapid City voters favor status quo -- December 6, 1990

Anti-BID activists seek audit of taxes -- December 13, 1990

BID proposal - closing the barn door after the horse has escaped -- January 1, 1991

Merchant's association revival attempted -- January 25, 1991

Council warned tax districts take city governments' money and Audit: BID spent its money on salaries, promotions, ads -- February 14, 1991

Development board names new president -- March 1, 1991

Reconstruction... becoming a reality (Main Street Reconstruction) -- March 5, 1991

Main Street work worries merchants -- June 2, 1991

Main Street project could start this fall -- June 4, 1991

Shops fill downtown gaps -- June 30, 1991

New group sees unity downtown -- August 29, 1991

Committee offers downtown option -- September 4, 1991

Is city prepared for major downtown street project? -- September 21, 1991

Main Street work begins next week -- September 25, 1991

Detour prepare to find a way downtown -- September 30, 1991

Downtown merchants are jittery -- October 4, 1991

Girls give downtown node TLC -- October 21, 1991

Public relations project -- November 2, 1991

Merchants discuss staggered schedule -- November 15, 1991

Past public works official takes on Main Street project -- November 20, 1991

Birth of a new Downtown -- November 29, 1991

Business and backhoes -- March 21, 1992

Furniture store set to open downtown -- March 29, 1992

Spiffing up the strip -- June 28, 1992

Work starts Tuesday on St. Joseph Street project -- September 4, 1992

RCC loses downtown store lease -- October 1, 1992

Historic building in city bought -- November 11, 1992

Downtown filling up on food -- November 15, 1992

Prairie Edge owner to restore building -- November 21, 1992

Alex Johnson to expand -- March 6, 1993

Historic downtown building gets new life -- May 9, 1993

Site once housed notorious saloon -- May 9, 1993

Alex Johnson touch ups -- May 12, 1993

On the road again -- May 17, 1993

Downtown Celebration -- May 22, 1993

61 downtown business owners seek BID refund -- May 25, 1993

Prairie Edge moves back to Main Street building -- July 9, 1993

Statue takes its place on city sidewalk -- December 4, 1993

Bound hands -- December 5, 1993

Prairie Edge statue puts history in true perspective -- December 8, 1993

Prairie Edge dedicates statue to Lakota Nation -- December 9, 1993

The challenge of public art -- December 12, 1993

Statue represents struggle -- December 15, 1993

Downtown parking ramp still a possibility for city -- January 5, 1994

Claims increase that city is stalling on building parking ramp -- February 15, 1994

Downtown dining smoke-free -- February 27, 1994

Group strives to save city's past -- May 16, 1994

Adelstein may buy long-vacant Penney building -- February 9, 1996

Downtown signs would highlight local history -- February 20, 1996

Adelstein buys former Penney building -- May 11, 1996

Then and now -- May 14, 1996

Plans for Penney building unveiled -- May 20, 1997

International hotel had 2 locations -- December 3, 1997

Downtown dilemma -- December 28, 1997

Downtown area on the rebound -- January 11, 1998

Retail building slated for Sweeney site -- January 28, 1998

Mac helps bring back flavor of old downtown -- February 1, 1998

Meeting today on parking ramp -- February 5, 1998

Council awards bid for parking ramp -- April 7, 1998

Downtown 'atmosphere' against law -- August 13, 1998

More parking this way -- August 28, 1998

Let small downtown shops use sidewalk -- September 6, 1998

Building takes shape at Sweeney site -- September 17, 1998

Downtown businesses do shuffle -- October 6, 1998

Up from the ashes: New Sweeney Building -- January 16, 1999

History-telling plaques going up in downtown -- May 2, 1999

Longtime downtown merchant will move stores to mall area -- November 21, 1999

Addition would not trim library parking -- December 3, 1999

First of forums on growth of library hears varied ideas -- December 16, 1999

2000's

Inappropriate for downtown -- June 4, 2000

Presidents uncovered -- November 11, 2000

City of Presidents under fire -- March 27, 2001

Downtown in search for rejuvenation -- June 30, 2003

New downtown group forms -- July 23, 2003

Group forms to improve downtown -- August 4, 2003

Artist envisions murals in Rapid City alleys -- October 2, 2003

Group plans to revitalize downtown -- October 31, 2003

New tower planned for downtown -- November 9, 2003

Fountain dampens city brand proposal -- January 9, 2008

Tourism expert urges Rapid City to "bring downtown to life" -- January 10, 2008

Rapid City's brand must be inclusive -- January 10, 2008

Plans for downtown summer festival unveiled -- January 24, 2008

Developer: Rushmont stalled by city, laws -- March 14, 2008

Turning downtown into pedestrian tourist haven -- April 24, 2008

Group to bring 'downtown to life' -- May 5, 2008

Community fell in love with 'something to do' -- September 5, 2008

Downtown leaders moving ahead on proposed plaza -- October 9, 2008

Developer kills Rushmont project -- October 14, 2008

Consultants say Rapid City must choose future of plaza project -- November 6, 2008

Another bronze age -- November 6, 2008

Rapid City cancels BID hearing; delay doesn't worry proponents -- January 6, 2010

Group seeks alternative to downtown BID plan -- January 9, 2010

Brewer resigns as president of Destination Rapid City -- January 14, 2010

Troubling times for downtown? -- January 14, 2010

Downtown crosswalks get timers -- January 14, 2010

Departure won't derail plans for plaza, tax district -- January 17, 2010

Property owners sign on for Business Improvement District-- January 21, 2010

Different scope for downtown shouldn't cause friction -- January 25, 2010

Presidents Plaza could break ground in spring -- February 6, 2010

Bid allies hope for council interest -- February 22, 2010

City moves forward with BID tax plan -- February 23, 2010

Senftner named president of Destination Rapid City -- March 11, 2010

Rapid re-vision -- April 4, 2010

City creates downtown improvement district to fund revitalization -- April 6, 2010

Downtown plaza will be for all, not just downtown -- April 10, 2010

Watch revitalization happen downtown -- April 11, 2010

Police unit walks streets to rundown crime -- April 15, 2010

Presidents Plaza developer asks city leaders for a second delay -- April 15, 2010

BID issue could be referred to public vote -- April 16, 2010

Opponents of downtown BID wait to gauge petition progress -- April 28, 2010

Petition filed to put BID on ballot -- May 1, 2010

Council gives second extension to Presidents Plaza project -- May 4, 2010

City: BID opponents have enough signatures for vote -- May 4, 2010

Rejecting BID just doesn't add up -- May 9, 2010

Campaign begins for BID election -- May 10, 2010

Questions and answers on the BID -- May 10, 2010

Voters turned down BID project 20 years ago -- May 10, 2010

BID vote to make or break plaza -- May 12, 2010

Square expected to bolster downtown -- August 29, 2010

BID opponents threaten lawsuit in Rapid City -- August 29, 2010

Majority of downtown Rapid City properties paid BID on time -- September 17, 2010

45 properties late paying BID -- September 23, 2010

High bids put plaza start on hold -- October 5, 2010

Council rejects all bids for plaza -- October 20, 2010

Presidents Plaza likely to hit lease goal of 70% -- November 5, 2010

New bids give square green light -- November 20, 2010

City attorney's office to keep working at moving Presidents Plaza forward -- February 3, 2011

City wants more proof of financing for development -- February 8, 2011

Main Street Square makes underground progress -- February 19, 2011

City grants 180-day extension to plaza -- February 23, 1011

Another delay better than nothing -- March 3, 2011

Excavation work delays Main Street Square project -- March 16, 2011

Rooftop dining on Main gets go ahead -- April 2, 2011

99 percent of property owners pay BID tax -- May 4, 2011