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City leaders on April 9 broke ground on a $1.7 million effort to ease traffic, upgrade sidewalks, and revamp parking along 25th Street in Golden Hill.

Work on the thoroughfare connecting SR-94 and Balboa Park is set to include restriping the road, widening sidewalks, and adding marked bike lanes. Crews also plan to replace water mains and add reverse-angle parking spots, which motorists will have to back into.

The “25th Street Renaissance Project” includes the stretch between B and E streets, according to city officials. Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the push to rebuild San Diego’s neighborhoods had begun and pledged $22 million of the $35 million in new revenue anticipated in his proposed budget for next year (which he plans to detail today, April 14) toward the city’s infrastructure needs.

The city reportedly plans to spend about $300 million on capital improvements across the city, which will include repairs to streets and sidewalks, park improvements, streetlights, storm-drain maintenance, and work on fire stations and other city facilities, Faulconer said.

“The goal of all of these projects is to make San Diego a better place to live and to work — and the 25th Street Renaissance Project fits that bill,” Faulconer said. “Whether you’re traveling by foot, bike, or car, the changes that are being made here are going to make it safer and a more accessible route for everyone.”

Faulconer said the city has been rightfully criticized in the past for poorly coordinating infrastructure projects. For instance, the city would pave a street and then tear it up a couple months later for a sewer or water project. This project would be different, he said. The area would soon be due for a water-main replacement, so that project was consolidated with the other planned improvements.

The project will be funded using the San Diego Association of Governments’ TransNet fund and water funds, according to city officials.

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nostalgic April 14, 2014 @ 9:30 p.m.

The city believes that reverse diagonal parking = gentrification. Next time you spot a diagonal parking spot, imagine backing into it, with cards on either side. The goal? bicycle-ificaiton.


BlueSouthPark April 16, 2014 @ 10:31 a.m.

There have been few studies of curb vs angle parking safety, and I find no data-based study of head-in vs rear-in angle parking. One 2005 study http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/0-4703-P1.pdf shows clearly that curb parking leads to fewer crashes (see Table 4-10). The crash modification factors for various types of street settings are enough to completely rule out angle parking. San Jose has an ordinance making it illegal to back into any kind of parking space, based on safety factors.

Most supporters of angle parking, particularly reverse-angle parking, rely on anecdotal concerns, not on engineering safety studies. Most maintain that reverse-angle parking is a traffic-calming/street-narrowing tool.

Given that the stretch of 25th Street, from A to the 94 overpass, has no traffic problems at all, it certainly needs no calming. It has no parking problem. It is a convenient, uncrowded 4-lane street with curb parking that is always available, along with free parking lots owned by various businesses.

Why would anyone want to create potential traffic jams (considering that metro buses use 25th) by reducing the lanes? Why narrow the street? Maybe some local business-property owners who have pushed this plan for decades would like to see space available in the wider sidewalk PROW for beer and food tables? And then free parking would become a problem, and paid parking could be imposed.

Whatever. But bicyclists beware: normally, people pull out of a parking space head-first at higher speeds, compared to backing out. And there's no guarantee that any driver will always check for bikers, head-first or rear-first.


Ian Anderson April 19, 2014 @ 4:07 p.m.

If the sidewalks are widened and parking stalls added, does that mean the lanes will be narrower?


BlueSouthPark April 21, 2014 @ 9:02 a.m.

Ian, The (misguided) goal is to take the current four driving lanes (2 lane, 2-way, betw B and 94, with parallel curb parking on both sides) and reduce them to two driving lanes and a ctr turn lane, with angle parking and bike lane on each side. For the 30-year history of this, see http://www.sandiego.gov/planning/community/profiles/greatergoldenhill/ (bottom of the page: the link to the capital project page no longer works, but the pdfs show you the history of consultants being paid for decades).

The 2015 budget now posted on the main SD gov page shows $895K already spent on this project. Another $1.9 mill is supposed to be spent by 2015 on removing lanes, restriping parking, and widening sidewalks. The replacement water pipe project for Golden Hill is another project you can find in the 2015 budget, but it does not seem like it will happen at the same time as the lane-removal/restriping project.

Meanwhile, the real goal for 25th Street becomes apparent in the Feb 2014 request to the GH Planning Committee, by the Golden Hill City Planning rep, Bernard Turgeon, to include in the updated GH plan "upgraded [density] areas [to] include 25th St., which includes a mixed-use option to a maximum of 44 dwelling units per acre (du/ac), including a density bonus ..."

Infill, infill, development to the max...


Ian Anderson April 22, 2014 @ 8:58 a.m.

Ah yes, the density issue. Increase the land value (to developers). Gotta be a better way to be rid of a pawn shop.


BlueSouthPark April 22, 2014 @ 6:59 p.m.

The owner of the GH pawn shop is a nice person. There's a reason for the very long-term success of the shop: people go there and use the service. I would suggest that it could appear more tasteful in it's color and design, but there's no dishonor in selling on a temporary basis or in buying items from people who hope very much to redeem the items. I think pawn shops are more tasteful than tattoo shops, which were once considered the lowest of the low-life in downtown but now abound in the hipster-oriented realms! It's a matter of how trends shape perception, not absolute values.


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