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A New Community Plan for a Neighborhood on the Border

The city of San Diego recently approved a 30-year community plan for the San Ysidro neighborhood.
January 13, 2017, 1pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The U.S.-Mexico border crossing, located in San Ysidro.
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The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board recently gave good marks to a long-term plan for the community of San Ysidro—a neighborhood in the city of San Diego that fits along the border with Mexico. The editorial describes the area as "blue collar" and hints that San Diego's city government has neglected the neighborhood in the past. The editorial board, however, has high hopes for the new plan's potential.

"The recently approved San Ysidro Community Plan [pdf] lays out a 30-year framework for smart growth involving multistory condos and apartments adjacent to the trolley line as well as the establishment of a San Ysidro Historic Village and a 'Mexican Village' tourist area close to the border," according to the editorial.

According to the article, the likelihood of NIMBYs hijacking the plan has been mitigated by community buy-in: "community leaders appear enthusiastic about a plan with a potential to make San Ysidro a more attractive place to live, visit and work."

Otherwise, the editorial is short on details of the new plan. Past coverage by David Garrick (in December 2016) and Andrew Bowen (in August 2016) provide additional news coverage of the new plan. The city's website also has a page devoted to the plan.

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Published on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in The San Diego Union-Tribune
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