Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Cities that Plan for Growth, Grow

While Philadelphia takes a laissez-faire approach to the current real estate boom, other American cities are trying to manage the unprecented growth in a way that will leave them better, more liveable places when the bust comes. Take a look at San Diego's ambitious new downtown plan, which could make its business district rival Center City's. Meanwhile, San Francisco is wrestling with its parking problems. Although its mayor rejected a new parking study, it provoked a vigorous debate - unlike Philadelphia's recent parking study, which was born and buried simultaneously.

3 Comments:

Anonymous SJ said...

I read the article about San Diego but I dont understand what was supposed to be impressive. They are trying to plan a real downtown since they dont have one now. In 25 years it seems they may have a core similar to what CC is in 2006. How is that something we should be impressed by? San Diego needs to plan a downtown because it lacks a real one right now.

7:31 PM  
Blogger vincedean said...

To sj- San Diego does have a downtown, it always has . A nice one ! Don't argue with Inga, she's always RIGHT !!!!

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gregor m

Regarding vincedean's comment:

SJ is correct in the analysis that San Diego's 25 year goal is similar to Philadelphia's Center City of 2006. The statistics are well known, firm, and strikingly similar.

I respect Inga but I don't believe in infallibility.

Of course, its always a good idea for us to plan ahead as well.

10:33 AM  

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