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Comments made by davidalynn

Balboa Park Parking Plan Draws Fire

If they are putting in a transportation solution, currently described as a tram from the new parking garage to the Plaza, then why not run the tram all the way to the west side of the Park across the bridge, and close down the Cabrillo Bridge? Sefton Plaza could even be a drop-off area. Currently, the bridge is effectively unusable on a summer weekend anyway. It is often closed in the morning for an event, and in the afternoon, it is often backed up for at least half-span and barely moving, you can walk across the bridge faster. The parking and valet in the Alcazar lot will change neither of these facts.

I would much prefer that the money and time involved in building that new bridge and Alcazar lot update be spent solving the ingress and egress problems in the southeast corner, and update the signage around the whole area to make it clear that the southeast area is the gateway to the Park. A far more effective and long-term valuable use of the funds than a new bridge.

It should be pretty easy to test closing down the bridge (Caltrans is due to close it soon anyway) and see what happens.

January 8, 2011 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )