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What’s Your Vision For Downtown San Diego?

Above: A view of the San Diego skyline from across the bay.

Aired 4/22/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Staci Ignell, Project manager for "Our Downtown Vision"

Transcript

Townhall Meetings

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Downtown San Diego has undergone a renaissance in the last 20 years. But what about the next 40?

A forward-looking project has been launched by the Downtown San Diego partnership to get us all thinking about the future of Downtown. It's called "Our Downtown Vision."

"Our Downtown Vision" project manager, Staci Ignell, said, "Over the next 40 years, the San Diego region is expected to grow exponentially. We’ll need to accommodate an additional 1.3 million residents, 400,000 housing units and 500,000 jobs."

She said the idea behind "Our Downtown Vision" is to enhance San Diego's community plan and pick projects that are important to the people who live here.

The Downtown San Diego Partnership began holding a series of townhall meetings at the beginning of April.

Ignell said they want to know whether San Diegans come Downtown, and why do or don't they?

She said so far, transportation to, from and within Downtown seems to top the priority list for many participants. Other requests include smaller items such as swing sets and dog parks.

The townhall meetings will be held through June. The aim is to gather input from 5,000 San Diegans.

People can also submit input to "Our Downtown Vision" through an online survey.

Comments

Avatar for user 'DonWood'

DonWood | April 17, 2013 at 11:58 a.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

You should be able to take the trolley downtown from anywhere in the city. CCDC messed up downtown by allowing developers to bulldoze entire blocks of small buildings and replace them with one giant "blockbuster" apartment or condo tower structure, making San Diego's downtown resemble a Monopoly game board more than a real urban downtown area.

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lilbritian007 | April 17, 2013 at 3:35 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

I very much agree with DonWood's post. Here's an idea....Why not start by running the trolley to the airport instead of bypassing it? If Phoenix and Seattle can do it, why can't we? And yes, those entire block developments are hideous. The results are that we end up with sterile streets all over the city. How about bringing more jobs downtown instead of pushing out the the suburban markets like UTC or Sorrento Valley? Last thing we need is a residential downtown without business core. And the architecture? The monotonous balcony clad highrises are an eyesore. There needs to be more variety in shapes, colors and heights. The skyline looks like a boring freshly mowed lawn from afar. Someone needs to the challenge the FAA's height restriction for the area south of the convention center since it's away from the flight path. Ok, I'm done.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 17, 2013 at 9:41 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

A trolley line linking downtown with the airport and downtown with Balboa Park/Hillcrest/North Park

These are obvious, and it's pathetic we don't already have this.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 17, 2013 at 9:43 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Also look into the 500 ft height limit, it makes our skyline look like a plateau.

When the FAA put these regulations in place, downtown wasn't as expansive as it is now. East Village seems far enough from airport flight paths to accommodate buildings >500 ft tall.

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JeanMarc | April 17, 2013 at 11:40 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

A few days ago I was walking to starbucks on 6th and B. I saw a psychotic homeless man walking around screaming curse words at the top of his lungs, everyone around him was in obvious fear. Guess where he was walking to? The brand new homeless shelter high-rise building on prime real estate in the heart of downtown.

This is exactly what business owners in the area feared, and their fears were not unfounded. Now there will be even more drug addicts urinating and defecating on the sidewalks while we walk around on our lunch breaks.

For those who doubt me, I actually watched him walk into the homeless shelter. He was not just in the same area, he lived there.

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