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San Diego: A Temporary Paradise?

San Diego's skyline is shown in this undated photo.
Milan Kovacevic
San Diego's skyline is shown in this undated photo.
San Diego: A Temporary Paradise?
San Diego: A Temporary Paradise? GUESTS: Bruce Appleyard, associate professor of City Planning for SDSU Mike Stepner, acting chair of architecture programs at San Diego’s New School of Architecture and Design

In the seventies, the San Diego region was eagerly spreading north and east like some kind of video game amoeba, consuming hills and canyons that stood in the way of development and dropping homes and condos farther and farther from downtown.

It’s safe to assume that urban planners Donald Appleyard and Kevin Lynch were alarmed by this unchecked growth as it marched north to Mira Mesa and east past San Diego State.

They approached the issue by creating the region’s first planning document, “Temporary Paradise?” in 1974. Now, 44 years later, Citizens Coordinate for Century 3, a local non-profit dedicated to planning and revitalization, has re-issued the document, along with several contemporary essays.

“Temporary Paradise?” looks at San Diego-Tijuana as one region and examines its unique qualities and how they could be sustained. Many of the issues they found in 1974 are present today: building for density and around transit, smart growth, equitable growth, preservation of resources, a vision of how the region should grow and the framework and leadership to get it there.

On Thursday night, C-3 will hold a release party for the book at Mission Trails Regional Park. “Temporary Paradise” may be ordered from C3sandiego.org.