Bay Park and nearby residents are once again mobilizing for a fight against new homes and taller buildings near a planned new trolley stop. This time, the city may not back down as easily.
One of the authors of the city’s Climate Action Plan says four new community plans would let emissions increase, even while claiming to be consistent with the city’s mandate to slash emissions.
The Greater North Park Community Plan on the books today doesn’t contemplate the existence of microbreweries or its artisan brethren, like bakeries, coffee roasters and candy makers. So unless a proposed zoning change is included in the update, the plan could effectively ban future microbreweries in the neighborhood.
If One Paseo taught us anything, it is that top-down community planning will not move our city forward.
North Park became dramatically more dense with the demolition of single-family homes and the construction of Huffman-style apartments decades ago. The neighborhood doesn’t need a second round of increased density and further loss of irreplaceable historic resources.
A denser North Park would mean a greater variety of small businesses so that we don’t have to go very far to get the things we want and need.
Even as the urban neighborhood has become a sort-of template for city planners, it’s still facing some of the usual tensions as it tries to map out its development future. The dispute is a reminder for the city that cutting greenhouse emissions in half is harder than simply announcing it wants to.
Ballast Point’s billion-dollar sale, a new community plan for southeastern San Diego and olfactory art in this week’s VOSD podcast.
Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and the other neighborhoods just southeast of downtown San Diego are about to undergo major rezoning that’ll open up new development opportunities. Two arts groups are ready and waiting.
Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan and NBC 7’s Monica Dean discuss the controversial development in Carlsbad and how it managed to get around CEQA.