Urban Planning

Tonight! Let's Talk About Building TOGETHER

021313MOAEventCurrent issues in urban SDMA logoplanning, specifically highlighting the possibilities of designing not just for communities, but  with communities, will be discussed at a colloquium this evening, presented in conjunction with The San Diego Museum of Art's interactive installation Beneath the Moon II, Journey through the City. Speakers include Leo Orellana, Architect and Founding Director of Sirchal II; Michael Stepner, Architect and Professor, NewSchool of Architecture & Design and former City Architect; and Eric Naslund, Design Principal/Partner in Studio E Architects and Chair of the San Diego Planning Commission. James Brown of Public Architecture & Planning will serve as moderator.

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Plaza de Panama - To Park or Not to Park?

Plaza de Panama
In August of 2010 Mayor Jerry Sanders and Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs announced a plan to eliminate vehicular traffic from Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama. The estimated $33 million project is intended to restore the Plaza to its original 1915 state by allowing only East-bound traffic across the Cabrillo Bridge and then directing it to a 900-space parking garage to the South of Spreckels Organ Pavilion via a new bypass. Diagrams of the plan can be seen here and here.   Plaza de Panama
Though many have expressed their support for getting rid of the approximately 70 parking spaces within the Plaza, opposition to the proposed plan has continued to gain momentum since the Park Committee held a public discussion on the matter January 8th. At the head of this opposition is the Save our Heritage Organization, arguing that while restoring it to its intended purpose is a good idea, this plan would require dramatically altering other areas of the park, and damaging landscapes and views of the park from the South.
What are your thoughts? We encourage you to check out both sides of the issue and tell us what you think.
Related stories:
Ban cars from park bridge, public says; Roger Showley, SignOnSanDiego 1/8/11
Zoo questions parking solution for Plaza de Panama; Roger Showley, SignOnSanDiego 12/22/10
Plaza Plan for Park Unveiled; Roger Showley, SignOnSanDiego, 8/31/10

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