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 to comply with state laws governing the Charter amendment process requiring a series of well-noticed public hearings before a proposed Charter amendment may properly be placed on the ballot. In this pre-election expedited hearing, those claims were denied without prejudice to these and additional legal hurdles being raised after the November election. Balboa Park Heritage Association strongly supports this continued legal and political challenge. Lundin stated “As the City Attorney himself argued,these challenges may properly be brought after the election results are counted. That will be done.” [Read more…] about Court Rules that transfer of 34 acres from Balboa Park to School District may go on ballot but . . .
On February 4, 2013, a San Diego Superior Court judge rejected the City’s plans to vacate traffic from Balboa Park, its historic central urban park, by building a “bypass bridge” and parking garage. The plans were preparation for the City’s centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama California Exposition, which first brought the Park worldwide recognition and resulted in most of its historic structures. [Read more…] about The Balboa Park Plaza de Panama Centennial Project is Dead: So Now What?
San Diego — All aboard! Quest to restore historic San Diego streetcars gives local antique dealer chance to give back, beat cancer. [Read more…] about Part IV The Invisible City: re-imagining Paradise
San Diego – This week, Howard Blackson, principal, and director of planning at PlaceMakers [www.placemakers.com] sits down to re-imagine Paradise. [Read more…] about Part III The invisible city: re-imagining Paradise
San Diego — Balboa Park is many things to many people: gathering place, cultural vortex, architectural treasure. It is not, however, pedestrian friendly and most agree, it is not being used to its full potential. Known as “the crown jewel of San Diego,” plans are moving forward to rid the central core of the park of vehicular traffic and to revitalize the public space in time for the park’s centennial celebration in 2015. [Read more…] about Plaza de Panama Project Forges Ahead
San Diego – This week, Pauly de Bartolo and Ivan Rimanic, founding principals of de Bartolo + Rimanic Design Studio, sit down to re-imagine Paradise.
A precious gift of our open society is the free exchange of ideas. With the help of designers, ideas become imagery. With political will and financial impetus, imagery becomes reality. [Read more…] about Part II – The invisible city: re-imagining Paradise
The Uptown Community Planning group is holding a Special Meeting this Thursday, February 16th, 6-8pm at St. Paul’s Cathedral “Great Hall”, 2750 Fifth Ave. [Read more…] about Special Meeting re: the Plaza de Panama Project
San Diego — Encountering another layer of opposition, the plan to remove cars from the heart of Balboa Park in San Diego has seemingly hit a new snag. [Read more…] about San Diego’s Plaza de Panama: Restoration or Rehabilitation?
San Diego – As of late 2010, the Sanders/Jacobs Plaza de Panama Circulation and Parking Project was introduced to expand the Cabrillo Bridge running from Laurel Street into Balboa Park. [Read more…] about Controversial ‘Plaza de Panama’ Project Petition Granted