Walter Mencken 9:21 p.m., Oct. 20
Water Under the Bypass Bridge
One day after Irwin Jacobs announced that he was putting a hold on the Plaza de Panama project, the Save Our Heritage Organisation couldn't hold back the excitement over the decision.
"[Save Our Heritage Organisation] is grateful that the bypass bridge is no longer an issue for Balboa Park. We believe that George Marston would be very pleased with this outcome, as this was exactly the type of massive urbanization project he fought so valiantly to keep out of the People's Park."
Ever since the proposal to build a road off Cabrillo Bridge emerged, the preservation group has lashed out against the plan, calling it "the most destructive" project in Balboa Park's history. During one community meeting, SOHO president Bruce Coons said the project "had no substance, only fatal flaws...a waste of time, just a big snake-oil sales pitch."
While celebratory in tone, SOHO's June 9 statement did, however, offer praise to Jacobs for his efforts.
"SOHO would like to thank Dr. Jacobs for his role in elevating the dialogue to the level that it deserves. Overwhelming public opinion prevailed, but we have Dr. Jacobs to thank for reminding everyone how much they care about their park and how much it needs them today."
Pictured above: Old postcard image of Cabrillo Bridge
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- National Park Service Opposes Plaza de Panama Project — May 9, 2012
- SOHO Sues City Over Plaza de Panama Plan — Aug. 3, 2011
- Save Our Heritage Organisation Stands Up for Cabrillo Bridge — March 4, 2011