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In the coming decades more and more single-family homes will be demolished to make room for multi-family buildings, says a report from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). By 2050, SANDAG projects there will be 6,256 fewer single family homes in the City.

One community, however, will see far more free-standing homes vanish. According to SANDAG, the mid-city community of North Park will lose and 3,291 single-family homes. And when factoring in neighboring communities of Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Bankers Hill, and Middletown, that number balloons to approximately 4,891 fewer single family homes.

The projections have some community activists worried that small older homes will be replaced by new condominiums and mixed-use developments to accomodate for the projected population growth.

Tom Mullaney of Friends of San Diego has been busy alerting residents of Uptown and North Park about the increase to density. He learned of it while reviewing the community plan updates for North Park and the surrounding communities.

"The average citizen doesn't pay attention to community plan updates until a bulldozer appears on their street," says Mullaney. "It's somewhat of a ticking time-bomb. The threat to single family homes has been under everyone's nose. In many cases the new community plan just sits there for years and years and no one knows until a developer announces a proposal to build a 40-unit development."

Mullaney fears that changing the land-use designation to make room for bigger buildings is a repeat of the 1970's and early '80's when developers demolished homes to build boxy, nondescript apartment buildings, known as "Huffman six-packs."

Unless residents want to see more traffic on their streets and additional apartment buildings in their neighborhoods, says Mullaney, then residents should contact the community planning group and the City. If not, then the community plan updates in North Park and surrounding areas will be the model for the rest of the City.

"We are at a crossroads," says Mullaney "Community plan updates in North Park, Uptown, and Golden Hill are the first to be done in the City. So this will dictate what is to come. If these three could be done right then the City may be able to achieve the City of Villages principles. If not, then who knows what this City will look like."

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historymatters July 25, 2012 @ 3:16 p.m.

wow! this is soooo important! this is how these guys operate by keeping the public out of the loop. Tom is so right!! people better take action or huffman 6 packs are gonna be all we have left!


Founder July 29, 2012 @ 11:30 a.m.

6-paks is old news, they all were short...

Now they are going for DENSITY, think 5 or 6 stories and even higher with "density Bonus's" for whatever...

Just say NO to Density and watch your property values SKYROCKET!


nostalgic July 25, 2012 @ 3:37 p.m.

You have seen it before and you will see it again. It won't hapen in La Jolla or Point Loma. Your community activists elsewhere prefer Community Gardens and Farmers Markets as their brand of activism, not property use. The Golden Hill corner at 25th Street North of Highway 94 is your picture of the future.


Founder July 29, 2012 @ 11:25 a.m.


Most of these decisions are made by NIMBY folks that get their kicks telling others how and where they should live... Their battle cry is, "Develop the transportation corridors" because 99% of them do not live anywhere near them and they do not have to put up with the DENSITY BLIGHT they are spreading upon the rest of US...


jlacava July 25, 2012 @ 6:55 p.m.

Might be helpful to point folks to the open public meetings of the respective community planning groups. North Park: http://www.sandiego.gov/planning/community/profiles/greaternorthpark/agendas.shtml Uptown: http://www.sandiego.gov/planning/community/profiles/uptown/agendas.shtml

Both groups have strong resident-oriented leadership. I do agree with one point. Get involved.


Founder July 29, 2012 @ 11:21 a.m.

Ha Ha Ha

These groups are TOTALLY Pro Business and it is important to note that neither group is holding any kind of outreach program on these most important issues...

RE: NP, A very small minority of people living in North Park are making the decisions for North Parks future; attend a meeting and see what I mean.

Get Vocal, before it is too late!


mridolf July 25, 2012 @ 10:55 p.m.

I lived in two Huff-plexes, and they weren't just sixpacks. There were eleven packs. I was told that the city required an onsite manager of 12 units or more, so Huffman offered property owners 11 unit buildings (or less) on their (former) single house lots. I do think it was a very bad idea. He had the audacity of letting residents know who built their ticky-tack box with a sticker in their bathroom mirror. He was actually proud of it, and he must have really thought the renters would what, memorialize his name? Whatever happened to that guy, and his company? If he's dead, can I urinate on his gravestone nearby?


Visduh July 26, 2012 @ 4:52 p.m.

Those weren't a SD innovation, they originated in LA, or at least appeared there even earlier than they showed up in SD. And all on a lot as narrow as forty feet. What atrocities!


Founder July 29, 2012 @ 11:33 a.m.

It is important to note that these were not allowed in the more affluent parts of the City and especially where City Council Rep's had wealthy supporters!


Hardcover July 27, 2012 @ 7:38 p.m.

A lot of the Huffman 6-pacs have a bronze plaque in the massive curb-cut/front yard. If Ray Huffman had not been so proud of his work, he would not have been stuck with these things being named after him. I don't know of any less than 50 feet in San Diego (that is the typical lot width here). Anybody?


Founder July 29, 2012 @ 11:17 a.m.

Great Article about what the City and its Planners are trying to do to North Park and all of Mid City. Get ready for diagonal parking in residential neighborhoods and a reduction in the overall quality of life for all residents as business interests take priority over everything else!

Here is the "University Ave. Mobility Plan" aka the UAMP which is going to change the traffic lanes on University Ave between Florida and Boundary St. Last day to comment on the EIR is the 31 of this month! http://www.northparkplanning.org/UAMP.pdf

Try, if you can, to link your comments to the North Park Community Pan, or to the City’s general plan or to some planning document. They have more power that way. If you can show that some part of what you do not like about the UAMP is inconsistent with some element of another overarching plan, your issue is much more likely to be addressed. See links to the EIR below, and the address on where to send your comments below that. Hope this helps, Dionne

Links to the Draft EIR for University Avenue Mobility Plan Project No. 115295, Public Review ends July 31, 2012

Draft EIR Part 1 of 3, Public Notice Page Only Draft EIR Part 2 of 3 Draft EIR Part 3 of 3 Appendix A - NOP & Public Comments Appendix B - Traffic Part 1 of 6 Appendix B - Traffic Part 2 of 6 Appendix B - Traffic Part 3 of 6 Appendix B - Traffic Part 4 of 6 Appendix B - Traffic Part 5 of 6 Appendix B - Traffic Part 6 of 6 Appendix C (Existing Plus Project Conditions Report), D (Air Quality & Greenhouse Gases), & E (Drainage) Appendix F - Water Quality Appendix G - Initial Site Assessment & Hazardous Materials

Submit your comments on the Draft EIR by July 31, 2012 5 p.m. PST With the subject: University Avenue Mobility Plan Draft EIR, Project No. 115295 / SCH No. 2010031029 By mail to: Jeffrey Szymanski, Environmental Planner City of San Diego Development Services Center 1222 First Avenue, MS 501 San Diego, CA 92101 By email to: [email protected]


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