SPIRIT OF DOWNTOWN

Expert's Pick

SUSAN EDMONDSON, DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP PRESIDENT/CEO

Her awards are many, and even a surprise to her was Mayor John Suthers' Spirit of the Springs Award for Inspirational Leadership. Under Edmondson's direction, a longtime Imagine Downtown plan has been tweaked and revitalized. Sure, there's work to be done, but there are new downtown restaurants and shops as well as innovative events. Coffee shops have proliferated, and folks fill outdoor seating. Public art is everywhere. Urbanites live here. Bike-friendly lanes are planned. And guiding it is the vivacious cheerleader Edmondson, who is here, there and everywhere.

— LINDA NAVARRO