Mixed Use Housing and Placemaking
How might we foster a sense of place and community in the face of vacation rentals, mixed-use houses, and gentrification?
Specific angles to explore
One way to find methods for placemaking is to look at positive examples, past and present. For instance, cities are taking inspiration from the vibrant main streets of the past as exemplars in how we might live today. Cities are paying attention to zoning policies like Portland’s urban growth boundary, which densify and diversify development. Here in San Diego, the city has responded with a strategic framework called the “City of Villages” plan, which “focuses growth into mixed use activity centers that are pedestrian-friendly districts linked to an improved regional transit system.” However, these centers need the insight of the people living in and around them in order to realize their full potential as centers for life, culture, and belonging in San Diego.
Translate urban growth boundaries: How might San Diego translate insightful land use policies like Portland’s urban growth boundary into our city’s unique situation?
City of Villages: How can San Diegans carry out the “City of Villages” strategic framework while still maintaining productive lines of communication between neighborhoods?
Legal Structure: How might we build a legal structure that allows community insights to be represented in San Diego’s built environment, without allowing local resistance to stop important building like affordable housing?