With One Paseo, Suburban Retrofitting Comes to San Diego
Carmel Valley is at a crossroads, some urban planners say: Either it’s close to completing the vision laid out for it decades ago, or it’s about to take the first steps toward a more urban wave of development.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
The site of the proposed One Paseo development in Carmel Valley.
There’s an in vogue term in urban planning that calls for refashioning typical suburban features like shopping malls, office parks and big box stores into spaces more closely resembling urban areas.
“Retrofitting suburbia,” as it’s been called by author, architect and professor Ellen Dunham-Jones, “provides the opportunity to transform the most automobile-dependent landscapes into more sustainable, more urban places,” she wrote in a 2009 essay published by the Urban Land Institute, a development advocacy group.
She called the process the biggest development project of the next 50 years, and if the whole thing sounds like a stereotypical subject for a TED talk, you’re on the right track. Dunham-Jones’ talk on the importance of suburban retrofitting has been viewed over 300,000 times.
It is more important than ever to stand up for good journalism. Donate to VOSD today.