san diego has spoken (at least its leaders have) — we will have MOAR CAR PARKS inside our “jewel” of a park!
..supporters hid behind the guise of a more pedestrian friendly park, while speaking mostly about traffic, moving cars into the park and providing more parking. Supporters took great pains to emphasize that (mature) landscaping would hide the by-pass bridge, inadvertently driving home the fact that the flawed design needs to be camouflaged. Unfortunately, for current users of the park, the landscape will take 10-15 years to mature…
yeah yea.. I should move away and disassociate myself from san diego as much as i can.
here’s my view, again, on how to improve balboa park:
- pedestrianize the whole entryway from Cabrillo Bridge and into Plaza de Panama.
— the bypass bridge starts at the END of Cabrillo Bridge, so if you’re walking to the park, it’s unchanged: you still have to walk alongside very, loud cars, compounding the sound of loud cars on the freeway running underneath the bridge. except well, now there’d be even more cars to access the car park.
— Cabrillo Bridge has been closed off to cars for December Nights. and that’s huge! so many people walk into the park and it’s wonderful. why not have that every day instead of two nights a year??!
- protected cycle lanes and extended trolley line on Sixth Ave.
— bring more people into the park, WITHOUT their space-hogging, polluting, noisy cars. it’s a park, for f–k’s sake!
ughh but neither’s gonna happen / san diego far from “america’s finest city”
I think people voted for Jacobs’ plan because it was the most quick-fix solution, and because the guy has money for it.