The contentious debate over the best way to remove cars from Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama has divided community members for years.
That makes the reaction to Mayor Bob Filner’s plan to change the route many San Diegans use to visit the park on weekends so remarkable: It’s been mostly positive.
Last week, Filner said he wants to return most of the plaza to pedestrians and close the Cabrillo Bridge on weekends. His plan will require relocating handicapped spots and the park’s current valet hub. The city will also need to add barriers to keep motorists out of the plaza.