San Diego's Unique Density Dilemma
Urban designer Howard Blackson joined us on the podcast this week to chat about how to make San Diego’s neighborhood more transit-oriented, and why he really doesn’t like the word “density.”
He says San Diego has a unique angst about the “D” word because it’s perceived as threatening neighborhoods with over-development.
But Blackson says the term is misunderstood: “Density is a way to measure something after it’s been built,” he told us on this week’s VOSD Radio podcast. “It is not a tool to design something to be built.”
By changing up the term and adopting better policies, Blackson thinks progress can be made in San Diego’s quest to make neighborhoods more transit-oriented.
Blackson talked with podcast co-hosts Scott Lewis, Caty Green and Andrew Keatts about the future of development, Bob Filner’s legacy on neighborhoods and why planning director Bill Fulton’s resignation didn’t surprise him.
Jump to 22:08 to hear what Blackson had to say.Download Audio
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