Without doubt, Civic San Diego is the new model of redevelopment. Yet it is being created without the standards on economic development, affordable housing and community engagement that state law provided.
The City Council voted Monday to restructure and rename the downtown agency, Centre City Development Corp., to Civic San Diego, to shift its purpose from redevelopment to economic development, land-use permitting and project management. The Southeastern Economic Development Corp. will be made a subsidiary of Civic San Diego, and the southeastern area will lose its independence. Other project areas like City Heights, North Park and San Ysidro are left behind.
This raises significant questions regarding the role and responsibility of continuing the shell hollowed of the key ingredients of redevelopment.