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5 Key Indicators That Your City Is Not A World Class City

There are many things that go into making a City a great place. But look around, and if your City has any (or dreadfully all) of these there’s a good chance it’s not a First Tier, World Class City, and it … Continue reading

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Time to Say Goodbye

I started Great Streets San Diego (GSSD) just a short 5 years ago. In this age of instantaneous response, 5 years is an eternity. But in terms of having an effect on the public realm, it is a very short … Continue reading

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Throwing Money at the Unknown

Several business owners in West Hillcrest have paired with the Hillcrest Business Association to hire a lobbyist to try and influence the Mayor and Councilmembers against SANDAG’s Bike Blvd Design in Mission Hills and Hillcrest. Why are they against it? … Continue reading

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“…get on the sidewalk!”

Anyone who grew up in the suburbs or a small town knows what it’s like to walk down the middle of the street. It’s pretty common. The streets are quiet – only occasionally will a car come by. And the … Continue reading

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SANDAG Confirms: It’s University Ave

In a memo to the Hillcrest Community Collaborative, SANDAG has made the definitive case against Washington Street and for University Avenue as the alignment for the Uptown Regional Bike Corridor project.  The Hillcrest Community Collaborative is a collaborative of Hillcrest … Continue reading

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One Paseo, two Paseo, three Paseo, four …

There have many lives and redesigns of One Paseo in Carmel Valley. This time they got it right. The community was right to express their concerns about One Paseo. Likewise, I stand behind the GSSD post dated 24 May 2013, … Continue reading

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In Case You Have Any Doubt …

SANDAG wants you to know — in case you had ANY doubt — just how much cars are their #1 priority. How? Here’s how they show their car-love through the design of the Mid-City Rapid. 1) First you punish pedestrians … Continue reading

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The Science of Why Some Cities Succeed

It seems Jane Jacobs had it right way back in 1960. What makes a city successful? What makes a city a center of innovation, economic wealth, productivity, and culture? This article “5 Key Themes Emerging from the “New Science of … Continue reading

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The New Huffman 6-Packs

Lessons Unlearned: Why the Huffman scourge has returned, and how it can be stopped. A new crop of infill apartment and condo buildings are popping up in North Park, Hillcrest, and Mission Hills. Like the nearly universally despised Huffman “6-Packs” … Continue reading

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Hillcrest united behind new University Ave. Bike Plan

At one point this past winter, the division and rancor in Hillcrest over the SANDAG Uptown Regional Bike Plan, and especially plans for University Avenue, seemed to be tearing the community apart. Amazingly, however, over the last few weeks, the … Continue reading

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