Looks like San Marcos can teach San Diego a thing or two about urban development.
San Diego’s urban neighborhoods struggle to build the low-income, transit-focused projects the city says it needs, the North County city is quietly thriving.
San Marcos, more than any other North County city, has embraced focusing growth around light-rail stations for the Sprinter, transit advocates say. Ridership is spiking as new projects are being built that connect the light rail to the city’s major destinations with housing at a mix of prices, and officials lay out plans to continue to get the most out of the regional investment.
“San Marcos has taken advantage of the proximity of institutions like Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos to the Sprinter line to focus resources and build transit-oriented development for these growing populations,” said Kathleen Ferrier, advocacy director at Circulate San Diego.
Circulate SD worked with San Marcos on a program to make streets comfortable for cyclists and pedestrians in the area surrounding Palomar Station. That area’s also being developed with a 370-unit project called Palomar Station and a 416-apartment, mixed-use development called Davia.
Overall ridership on the Sprinter still remains small. But between 2013 and 2015, Cal State San Marcos Station’s average weekday ridership had the sharpest increase of any station, from 287 to 454 – a rise of 58.5 percent.
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Crazy as it might sound, they should consider some high rises - 10 stories or more. Once you cross a certain level of density, more is better.
@Brian Edmonston Absolutely. The city should allow some towers as long as they are within walking distance of the train station.
“If it’s more than a quarter-mile away, people think they have to get in their car to get there.”
God people are lazy.
Still, awesome news.