This morning the Court ruled Measure “I” [A proposed City Charter amendment weakening existing City Charter protection for dedicated Park Lands and authorizing a give-away of 34 acres of Balboa Park to the San Diego Unified School District] may be placed on the November, 2016 ballot. Park advocate David Lundin and his counsel Craig Sherman contended the City Council failed […]
The following text and images comprise the East Village Draft Focus Plan released on July 30, 2016, including subsequent minor corrections and additions made by its authors. It has been reconstituted here from the PDF original version to enable web and mobile viewing (there are formatting variations from the original). To view a gallery of […]
Not long ago, the future was looking pretty dire for the Hotel Churchill in downtown San Diego (9th & C). It sat vacant and neglected, with its redevelopment uncertain. Along came the San Diego Housing Commission and Housing Development Partners of San Diego (HDP), which in addition to providing housing to some very vulnerable people, […]
The Salk Institute is an other-worldly place as I had seen it on posters and calendars for many years before I experienced it first hand. At certain times of the day, nearer sunset, the space can take your breath away. The concrete and granite buildings and plaza are much more transcendental than harsh.
An invitation was emailed last week for a ground breaking ceremony to be held on Wednesday Oct. 8, at 10:00 AM for a new Pendry Hotel to replace the parking lot of 5th & J. The invitation was ground breaking in more than one way. This parking lot was the site of one of the […]
For the last half century, cities have attempted to repair the damage to their urban cores from migration to suburbs and exurbs. Redevelopment has evolved into smart growth, transit oriented development, and complete streets. In the last 15 years or so, the urban renewal efforts have had a receptive audience as people, tired of the […]
The long vacant ground floor of the TR Produce Building (888 J Street) may finally receive an occupant under a proposal before Civic San Diego. However, because the prospective tenant is primarily an office use rather than a retail use, it will require a conditional use permit (CUP) subject to certain findings being made. The […]
The Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) board of directors has decided to rid itself of its Land Use Planning Committee (LUP). Reportedly, the decision was motivated by a desire to focus GQA resources on marketing and other business promotion functions. The effective date of this decision remains unclear.
Walk San Diego rated La Mesa as 2013’s most walkable city in San Diego County. The number one reason for the City’s walkability happened 100 years ago.
The Little Italy Association voted unanimously on Tuesday to support the concept of restoring a historic streetcar line in the district. The line is proposed to run in a loop from Kalima St. to B St. on India St. and Kettner Blvd.