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Balboa Park Parking Plan Draws Fire

Thanks KPBS for doing this program.
The offramp is an awful idea in my opinion, and one that can never be undone. I wish they (this week) would rope off the parking spaces and see what good uses can be made of the spaces. I remember many interesting things like "Japan Day" and the Frank Lloyd Wright house that were confined to just the area in front of the Art Museum. If you take back the parking now, we will have 3/4ths of a Plaza for free and instantly. I think most of the parking spots in the Plaza now go to Park employees who have disabled stickers and not to visitors.
Mr. Jacobs seriously underestimates the time it takes to build anything in this town, especially on a historic thing that will have to have many local and state hearings and approval including Caltrans and the State Historic Board, the outcome of which is nowhere near a sure thing.
By the way, if a vendor could reproduce those electric wicker carts for rent to go down the bridge, it would be wonderful.

January 6, 2011 at 3:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chargers Focused On Stadium Site Downtown

Let the Chargers go somewhere else. If having a Pro football team made a city great, then Green Bay would be a wonderful place. The Wonder Bread building is an important building, anyone who says it is not has not been inside there. Petco park didn't make Downtown a revitalized place. Its a nationwide trend that was on its way already. Kicking out the porno shops, pawn shops, hardcore drunks, and the Navy oriented businesses (i.e. "locker clubs") was more important than anything. Just the cost of the survey could have kept the fire-ring for a couple of years. That is more important to what San Diego really is.

December 11, 2009 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Group Works to Preserve Historic S.D. Homes

Peter: your comments might sound correct at first but do not stand up to real knowledge. I doubt you can find case where a 'Victorian" era house in Hillcrest was demolished to make an Arts & Crafts style house. Why would this happen with the Victorians being only 10-20 years old and their being more vacant lots than developed ones. Arts & Crafts houses were not considered "Modern" at the time in our current understanding of the term. Phrases such as "Quaint", "Home-like", "Simple" or even "Convenient" were more typical. The "tin-house" was built by being sneaky and playing the rules. As long as there are vacant lots and really ugly buildings, things like this should not be erected. And some of us like the "snapshot of a period" look and moved to where we are because of that. I do appreciate the best of our current architecture, but on the other hand, I can't think of a single historic house that was demolished and something nicer built in its place. I do not define "nice" as "profitable". Usually, a lack of respect for older architecture goes hand-in-hand with a lack of design talent.

October 26, 2009 at 4:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )