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Save Our Heritage Organisation Sues City Over Plaza De Panama

Did you notice the last time you went to Balboa Park that most of the visitors were in the car free plaza at the east end of the Prado, the one between the Natural History and Science Museum? No one likes the Plaza de Panama in front of the Art Museum, with its traffic and parking lot. As for the deserted little plaza in front of the Museum of man, there is no way to save it without stopping the cars from driving through. Closing the Cabrillo Bridge is not the solution, that would hurt the neighbors in Banker’s Hill who suffer from traffic and parking problems every time the bridge is closed on a temporary basis.
The City Council studied the environmental report and looked at all the alternatives, then voted to get cars out of the heart of Balboa Park. They put the highest priority on people.

August 14, 2012 at 6:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plaza De Panama Plan Passes City Council

I’m surprised that Mr. Coons doesn’t know that the reason there are no original buildings from 1915 around the Plaza de Panama or the Esplanade, is that they were always intended to be temporary buildings that would not last past the exposition; they were therefore made cheaply, with no foundation and paper Mache decorations on the outside. Only the Museum of Man complex, the Organ Pavilion, and the Botanical Building were built to be permanent. Everything else was going to be torn down and replaced with a public garden when the exposition ended.

But the people of San Diego loved those temporary buildings, they didn’t tear them down. When they finally got old and fell apart, we built reproductions of two of them.

July 11, 2012 at 12:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plaza De Panama Plan Passes City Council

This garage will add more parking close to the museums for those who are willing to pay for it. For those of us who don’t want to pay, 88% of the parking in the Park will still be free, and that isn’t counting the Zoo lot. The Alcazar lot that is even closer, will be free handicap parking only.

Moving that ugly parking lot out of the Plaza de Panama, the biggest plaza in the park, is going to be wonderful!

July 10, 2012 at 11:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )