Could a Controversial Project Inspire the Retrofitting of San Diego's Suburbs?

Urbanists hope approving a proposal to allow a 23-acre parcel zoned for 500,000 square feet of office space be developed with 1.4 million square feet of mixed-uses could stimulate suburban retrofits across San Diego.
December 18, 2013, 10am PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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In order for One Paseo's 1.4 million square feet of mixed-uses to be built in Carmel Valley, 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, an amendment to the area’s community plan would have to be approved against the objections of residents who argue that it threatens the area's "core character". But is that character something that should be preserved?

"Urban planner Howard Blackson said there are two ways to think about One Paseo, and what it means for Carmel Valley," writes Andrew Keatts.

“'Either One Paseo is the last piece of the 20th century conventional suburban development pattern or it is the first step in rebuilding toward a 21st century mixed-use, walkable, infill redevelopment pattern,' said Blackson, who has done limited consulting work on the project."

"In the former scenario, it’s a capstone of a young community that’s almost finished being built out. In the latter, it’s the first step to beginning a second, more urban wave of development."

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Published on Monday, December 9, 2013 in Voice of San Diego
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