First, an update: Since my first Op Ed for UrbDeZine, I’ve made the successful transition in careers I aimed to achieve: on December 21st, 2016 I celebrated my graduation as a Peer Support Specialist, a position that requires lived experience and empathy to assist and empower peers in their transition to wellness from mental […]
At first glance, the recent East Village Convadium proposal has many appealing qualities: it is an attractive, modern complex with many interesting features. However, the Charger’s owners hope to capitalize on the recent trend in California and use the ballot initiative process to “expedite” California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, and for good reason. The […]
On the subject of a potential downtown San Diego East Village NFL stadium, some proponents have asserted that Indianapolis’s downtown Lucas Oil Stadium was a catalyst for redevelopment and revitalization. I recalled that Walter Scott Chambers III, urban planning wonk and owner of the blog Great Streets San Diego, had moved to Indianapolis. Ironically, his last […]
San Diego History Center, March 31st, 2016, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Balboa History Stroll. East Village South focus plan workshop, part 2, April 2, 2016, 9:30 AM to noon,
A group of San Diego East Village (downtown) stakeholders, academics, and design professionals, including yours truly, have released a “white paper” proposing a vision for the area of high tech and creative businesses anchored by a new satellite campus of a major university. The group will hold a community workshop on March 5, 2016 (Saturday) […]
I read an op-ed in the San Diego Union Tribune that made me want to stand on top of a downtown high rise and scream . . . YES!!! The opinion piece was entitled “A higher and better use for downtown,” and was written by Wayne Raffesberger and co-authored by Rob Quigley, Jack Carpenter, Pete Garcia and […]
The IDEA 1 Building came before the San Diego Downtown Community Planning Council last week amid concerns that it lacked the density desired for East Village as established in the 2006 amendments to the Downtown Community Plan. The DCP goal for downtown is 90,000 residents – 46,000 of which are to be in East Village. […]
San Diego – Downtown’s East Village last week saw the demolition of two one-story warehouse buildings on Tenth Avenue between Island and J Street. The buildings were not deemed historical by the City but were much loved by their former tenants (e.g., Flirt Urban Salon now relocated to Eighth Ave. between F & G Streets).
San Diego – Father Joe’s Villages has finished construction of a 12 story 65 unit affordable housing project at 1506 Commercial Street. 49 of the units are reserved for homeless, or persons at risk of being homeless with special needs such as mental illness or HIV/AIDS.
San Diego – The 13th & Market Project is now under construction directly west of the Albertson’s grocery store in East Village of downtown San Diego. Prior to the economic melt-down of 2008, the site was slated to be developed with a 14 story mixed use residential condominium project, named Market Street Village II.