This is the type of fabric that large block projects can’t seem to replicate.
It’s diverse, visually interesting, and pedestrian friendly.
Directly across the street is the polar opposite: a line of stores all housed in a single large mixed use development (a relic of California redevelopment law), denuded of visual interest by a unibrow trellis, strict facade and sign regulations, and strip mall parking, adding up to a visual desert.
Few places is the contrast between traditional main street style retail and post-war auto-oriented large lot development retail better juxtaposed than this stretch of road in La Mesa California. Watch for a future article proposing a cost effective remodel of the strip mall into something that enhances the traditional character of this commercial corridor, and the walkability / livability of the neighborhood.
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