Street homelessness has surged downtown and experts can only speculate about the reasons.
My fellow Ph.D. students and I want to stay in San Diego and have no interest in the Bay Area’s soul-sucking commutes, bank-draining rents and Mission-style burritos. Yet most of us will move there anyway.
The “Rethink Downtown” exhibition by Bosa Development is just the latest in the trend of developers using arts and culture to engage the community, peddle their products or maybe a bit of both.
These were the most-read stories for the week of March 7-13.
Yes, Civic San Diego issues permits faster than the city. But that means there’s less meaningful public involvement on a project-specific level.
A big part of Civic San Diego’s sales pitch for expanding its authority is that it approves development permits faster than the city. We finally have data that proves them right.
Density ain’t nothing but a number. Replacing outdated zoning codes with “place-based codes” would help us understand that the type of place we want matters more than arbitrary metrics.
Civic San Diego fielded applications for just nine new projects in 2008, while developers withdrew their request for five others. In 2009 and 2010, while the economy tried to find its footing, downtown activity almost disappeared.
Data from Civic San Diego, the nonprofit group that issues permits downtown, shows the permit process moves more quickly when developers are charged to get their plans reviewed.
These were the most-read stories for the week of April 19-25.