San Marcos Is Quietly Schooling the County on Smart Growth
As San Diego’s urban neighborhoods struggle to build the low-income, transit-focused projects the city says it needs, the North County city is thriving. “The experience of San Marcos shows there is indeed a market for people to live near transit,” said one smart-growth advocate.
Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle
Riders catch the Sprinter at the Cal State San Marcos station.
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.