Alamo Plaza businesses -- along with conservationists and the mayor -- will meet Thursday night at a Town Hall forum to discuss the future of Alamo Plaza.
Davis Phillips' family has owned entertainment venues across from the Alamo like Ripley's Haunted Adventure and Guinness World Records for 25 years.
He admits he feels like he's one of the biggest targets by conservationists and historians who want to return Alamo Plaza to something resembling its original state, more than a mix of past and present.
"Most people don't realize that the same people that come to see the Alamo, the majority of them, cross the street and are enjoying the opportunities here," said Phillips, standing outside the Guinness World Records attraction. "While somebody may see it as a carnival atmosphere -- and I respect their opinion to feel that way -- there are millions that see it as fun family entertainment."
Phillips will speak at Thursday's town hall meeting, along with the city's Conservation Society president, a local historian and Mayor Julian Castro.
Phillips said last year, attractions across the street drew slightly more visitors than the Alamo.
"If you remove the fun element from Alamo Plaza, you will see the numbers dwindle," Phillips said.
"You kind of expect that as a tourist, but I can see if you're living here and this is where you're from, you don't want to see that every day," said Michelle Jolliffe a tourist from San Diego, who didn't plan to stop at any of those attractions. "Maybe if there was an art gallery, something more cultural to the area, I'd be more enticed. These kinds of stores you can find everywhere."
The town hall forum begins at 7 p.m. and expects to end at 8:30 p.m.
It will take place at UTSA Downtown in the Aula Canaria auditorium in the Buena Vista building, room 1.328.