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Public Gets a Glimpse of North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

San Diegans packed a public meeting at the Port District Headquarters yesterday, to see a new video of the long promised North Embarcadero Visionary Plan. They learned there is more to the Waterfront makeover than picturesque pedestrian boulevards. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Staff from the Port District and the city of San Diego unveiled a video of their North Embarcadero Visionary Plan which covers a mile of waterfront between the Airport and Seaport village. They showed jacaranda trees and palms edging the bay, with Harbor Drive shrunk to two lanes and fountains at the foot of Broadway.

The Port’s Rita Vandergaw admits the Plan’s been a long time in the making.

Vandergaw: We’ve been working on it about 20 years and we’re just about ready to actually begin the first phase.

The plan is about more than landscaping. It is also involves rebuilding what one official called a “spaghetti” of underground sewer and water pipes that are old and leaky, dating back to the 60s when the waterfront was originally dredged from the Bay.

The City and the Port hope to make headway on the plan before it is superseded by more recent visions proposed by Steve Peace and County Supervisor Ron Roberts. Alison St John KPBS News.
(Photo: The San Diego Port District shows a video of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan. Alison St John/KPBS ).

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