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Rants and Raves: Zombie Invasion!

Awesome job, KPBS. Many of us in Downtown were saved by your early alert and ongoing coverage. Come on, folks. Let's cough up some dough.

June 20, 2012 at 11:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Will City's $4 Billion Redevelopment Plan Evade Proposed Cuts?

Hundreds of citizens worked countless of hours to produce the 2006 Downtown Community Plan. The document was approved by the City Council sitting as the Redevelopment Agency. It has guided development in our community on matters including affordable housing, parks, transportation, parking, green streets, sidewalks, bike improvements, fire stations, project design, historic preservation, and more. As a small business owner and a long-time participant in the process, I was disappointed by Katie Orr's frequent reference to a $4 billion "wish list." On the list are the many improvements we've been working on for years.

March 2, 2011 at 11:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Backstory Behind Secret Downtown Redevelopment Deal

The SD City Council approved the Downtown Community Plan in 2006. Over the next couple decades the residential population is projected to grow from the current 30,000 to 90,000. The daily workforce of 75,000 is projected to more than double.

The Council made a deal with the people of downtown. Take the increased density and redevelopment funds (not the general fund) will pay for the infrastructure -- parks, fire stations, sidewalks, street medians, stop lights and so on. Much has been accomplished already, especially in the west half of downtown. But a huge area in the eastern half is still run down. An important benefit from lifting the cap will be a significant increase in the funds available for affordable housing and to help homeless citizens.

For the people in downtown, raising the cap is all about completing the Community Plan.

Anyone interested in a new Charger stadium should understand that the City Council controls redevelopment funds. Any proposal would need Council support.

October 22, 2010 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )