At last week’s State of the City address, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer enthusiastically stated, “I want to radically overhaul the system itself. The bureaucracy has been set up to empower anti-housing forces that delay or deny projects at every turn… We need to build more housing near employment centers and transit.”
A recent article by John Karras, founder of consulting firm UrbanSCALE, offered “12 Strategies That Will Transform Your City’s Downtown.” The article was a good selection of the many revitalization strategies, and addressed some important sticking points, e.g., transitioning from auto-orientation and healing the gashes created by the the last half century of urban freeway construction. One or two of the strategies are still-controversial or not widely accepted, e.g., eliminating minimum parking requirements (even imposing maximum parking restrictions), which made the article even more of a worthwhile read. Moreover, [Read more…] about How San Diego’s Downtown Scores on 12 Point ‘Vibrant Downtown Strategies’ Test
As I occasionally do, today I used Car2Go for a mid-day meeting. I took the trolley to work. I had a meeting in Mission Valley but not near the trolley Line.
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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. [Read more…] about Little Italy Association Approves Historic Streetcars in the District.
Portland is widely acknowledged as an urban renewal success story. So much so that it has become somewhat of a mecca for planners and others interested in urban redevelopment, visiting the city for inspiration and understanding. [Read more…] about 7 ways Portland is better than other cities – an outsider’s perspective.
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has released its City/Park Streetcar Feasibility Study. The proposal seeks ultimately to form a loop connecting downtown, Balboa Park, Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Hillcrest, and Banker’s Hill. However, the initial stage would link downtown to Balboa Park and the Zoo, running along Park Blvd. [Read more…] about City – Park Streetcar Feasibility Study Completed.