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Tomorrow, June 7, San Diego's planning commission will discuss the plan to remove traffic from Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama. And, if the agenda is any indication, commissioners are anticipating a lengthy debate. The proposal is the only project listed on the agenda.

In recent weeks, the City's Park and Recreation board voted against the plan, specifically against the plan to build a bypass bridge branching off from the Cabrillo Bridge directing traffic towards a parking garage behind the Organ Pavilion.


The vote from planning commissioners whether to amend the Balboa Park Master Plan will be the last one before heading to the City Council.

It's been a long, and bumpy, road since the proposal was first introduced by Qualcomm-founder Irwin Jacobs in 2010. It has divided the community with historical preservation group Save Our Heritage Organisation leading the charge, mainly in objection to the bypass bridge.

Proponents, such as Mayor Sanders and others, say the plan will give the park back to pedestrians.

But it has been an uphill road for those proponents.

Several community groups have come out against the proposal. And, on May 8 the National Park Service wrote a letter to Councilmember Kevin Faulconer critical of the plan, saying it would have a "permanent, major and adverse effect on the integrity of the Balboa Park National Historical Landmark."

Planning commissioners will discuss the item during their 9am meeting inside Council Chambers http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photo... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu74GO...

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EverNewEcoN June 7, 2012 @ 9:15 a.m.

I've proposed a 3d plan incorporating:

removing pavement and adding access and green space by way of car deletion

combining adding access and restoring green space with engaging marginalized people, tying community elements together while simultaneously, incrementally, and in a need-matched fashion, marrying IT with new transit options, benefiting a wider area.



As I will not be attending the Planning Commission meeting (I have to make a living when I'm not doing this,) I offer these ideas for the purpose of your seeing the potential advisability of deliberating further as to new options and compromises.

ENEN Have a nice day.


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