“You have some of the worst streets you could possibly have.”
San Diego may bill itself as America’s finest city, it’s also a city with some of the worst streets in the country, uninviting buildings, underused parks and an underappreciated waterfront, urban designer Fred Kent told a meeting sponsored by the Downtown San Diego Partnership this week.
To Kent — who helped revitalize central Manhattan in the 1970s and ’80s with projects to make sites like Rockefeller Center and Times Square more people-friendly — the remedy is to create narrower roadways, larger sidewalks and bike paths, and more outdoor dining and shopping to draw more foot traffic, both downtown and in the outlying neighborhoods.
"Don’t drive anywhere," Kent told a packed room of local urban planners, designers, architects and others. "Get used to walking. You lose your sense of place when you’re always in your automobile."
read more: sddt, 07.11.13.
Ruocco Park Dedication, 20.08.2012. maybe more events and outdoor dining can draw more people to this area of the waterfront.