Is our crown jewel a park or a parking lot?
Last week the Historical Resources Board voted unanimously to oppose the Plaza de Panama project and in particular the bypass bridge. Previously the House of Pacific Relations voted against the plan and chose the SOHO-approved Lewis plan. According to SOHO, the Lewis plan “no harm to the park’s historic features.” I read the Lewis plan and am appalled that a self-described historical preservation group is supporting building an additional road through Balboa Park along with an underground parking garage.
The Lewis plan doesn’t address how the construction of the new road or the underground parking garage will be financed. The Plaza de Panama Committee supports a plan that will purportedly be financed through “private donations and self-sustained bond financing.”