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Cleaning Up San Diego’s C Street Corridor

Evening Edition

Aired 10/21/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Bahija Hamraz, Distric Director, Downtown San Diego Partnership

Transcript

Downtown San Diego planners tried a new method to engage the public last week. They used games and live music to attract people to stroll down a shabby section of C Street and imagine what it could be.

The planners heard some interesting ideas...including some that can be realized very quickly. But, what will become of new ideas for downtown if a new San Diego mayor has his focus on other neighborhoods?

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Avatar for user 'amyroth'

amyroth | October 21, 2013 at 12:01 p.m. ― 9 months, 1 week ago

Very important for the tourist industry to fix that strip of C Street. It goes through the heart of downtown and is noted by most out-of-towners. Tourist money supports all our neighborhoods; fixing downtown is not a zero-sum game. Tragic if politicians keep demagoguing it as such.

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sdreefer21 | October 21, 2013 at 7:22 p.m. ― 9 months, 1 week ago

Cstreet is a wretched hive of scum, villainy, and bed bugs.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 21, 2013 at 11:27 p.m. ― 9 months, 1 week ago

This comment is not related to C street, but it is related to downtown.

I was walking downtown tonight, and some out of towners with thick East Coast accents asked me directions.

The main library, dome illuminated, was in-sight and one of them asked me what it was.

I told him it's the library, and he turned to the others and said, "Hey, look at that, it's the library".

They all marveled at how cool and interesting it is.

Proof the library is an iconic structure and visitors are starting to take notice.

It's a building we can all be proud of.

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thompsonrichard | October 22, 2013 at 8:43 a.m. ― 9 months, 1 week ago

I sat on a "7" bus in rush hour traffic late one afternoon on Park & C. There were four other elongated "7s" on Park between Russ and C. Condemning the front lawns of both San Diego High and City College for a dedicated bus way would be unpopular (but in my view as a bus rider, necessary). Another very minor but still possible mitigation-measure would be to make Ninth Street a two-way street from Ash to Market.

The YWCA on C seems run down -- but it offers vital services.

Better signage would also slightly increase usage of C west of 11th Street (nobody knows if they're legal when driving either east or west). The major building under way just west of Hodaddy's Hamburger Joint on Broadway could be the catalyst for renewal in the immediate area. Motorists think parking spaces outside their own building or just outside downtown buildings where they have to go and spend some time always trumps transportation. But in this particular C Street Corridor off 12th, transportation trumps edifices (always with the exception of the City College Trolley Building itself). What's to be done with the vacant lot at 12th & Broadway?

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thompsonrichard | October 22, 2013 at 9:39 a.m. ― 9 months, 1 week ago

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Anon11 | October 22, 2013 at 10:53 a.m. ― 9 months, 1 week ago

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