The smallish gap (75′ wide) between the Andaz Hotel and the Jewelers’ Exchange Building, now being used as a parking lot, may be developed with a Fairfield Inn hotel tower. More precisely, the site is midblock on the east side of 6th Avenue between E & F Streets. The proposal is now in the early design phase. [Read more…] about Fairfield Inn to provide “real infill” in Downtown San Diego
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
In this age of planning emphasis on “smart growth,” “new urbanism,” “transit oriented development,” “infill development” and so on, density and proximity to transit corridors sometimes overshadow all other considerations. Zoning and Community plans years in the making, with wide participation, are now being viewed by some property owners and city officials as obsolete and vulnerable. Local residents are increasingly resentful as they experience frontal assaults to the scale and character of their neighborhoods – the essence of how they identify with their neighborhoods. [Read more…] about Three Reasons Neighborhood Identity is Paramount in Smart Growth
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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These days, a lot of projects are crashing through the gates of community plans and dashing existing neighborhood character under the banners of smart growth or transit oriented development. [Read more…] about 10 Rules for Smarter Smart Growth
San Diego – On July 1, 2012, the loss of redevelopment will be felt in a very tangible and palpable manner by anyone planning a project involving a development or “discretionary” use downtown. [Read more…] about Post-redevelopment fees set to go up downtown . . . way up.
San Diego – the San Diego Union Tribune property in Mission Valley will be torn down and rebuilt as a larger mixed use project consisting of a 22 story residential high rise and a 10 story office building, according to an article by Roger Showley. The project will feature approximately 200 hundred residences and 235,000 square feet of offices and 6,500 square feet of retail. [Read more…] about U-T plans mixed-use development for HQ in Mission Valley
San Diego County – Smart Growth advocacy group MOVE Alliance has endorsed the Park Station proposed project in the City of La Mesa, reported the La Mesa Patch on Febrary 17. The project proponents paid a $2,500 application fee to MOVE and after review were selected as the group’s first endorsement. MOVE liked the project’s high density, proximity to mass transit, mixed use, and pedestrian amenities. [Read more…] about Park Station La Mesa: Smart Growth or Zone Buster?