The UT recently published the first detailed maps I’ve seen for the proposed California High Speed Rail routes in San Diego county. While construction wouldn’t occur until the next decade (if ever, given the challenges the project faces), it’s fun to envision a high speed train rushing down some of these routes. For us, it would be convenient to drop down the hill from here in Kensington and pick up the train at Qualcomm Stadium under the southern route. Given the opposition to running the train through Rose Canyon along I-5, an I-8 route might be the easiest option.
– UCSD has a website up on the proposed station locations for the new Mid-Coast trolley line. As a new employee at San Diego Supercomputer Center in the northwest corner of campus, it’s a bit of a disappointment to see the “west” trolley station located to the southeast of the campus center. If SDSU can have a tunnel for their Green Line, why can’t the same be done at UCSD, with a station directly below the student center? I’m sure the answer is cost, but it would have been the optimal location for main campus riders.
– Now that the cruise ship terminal is built on Broadway Pier, how lame is it that the public is discouraged from even going on the pier:
Broadway Pier may have been a dump before, but at least you could ride your bike out there for a unique view of the bay and city. Way to go, Port of San Diego!
– On a brighter note, the county of San Diego is moving forward with implementing their parking lot-to-park conversion, at least on the north side of the building. Demolition of the 50’s-era building on that lot is set, along with funds to complete design plans for the new park, which will include a recycled water feature. Here’s a shot of the vast parking lot from the northeast corner:
– The new federal courthouse downtown is still under construction, but it’s already won a design award:
– the former big easy location on hillcrest has a new sign up: “empire“… chris walsh, formerly of bite in hillcrest, will be the chef at the lincoln room (previously confidential) on 4th downtown, says discover sd. look for an “americanized la puerta” concept… native foods, a socal vegetarian food chain, is going into the old chef’s wok location across from burger lounge in hillcrest, according to riviera magazine. it can be a challenge to find healthy restaurants sometimes, and you can only do loving hut so many times, so it’s good to see native foods’ menu has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options… burger lounge‘s new downtown location (pictured below), a couple doors up from blarney stone on 5th downtown, will be their largest yet (2500 sq. ft). it’s being set up for high customer volume, according to uptown news… meanwhile hodads downtown has gotten their liquor license, says troy johnson… no such luck for the stone brewing store in south park, which faces a lengthy delay in securing their license due to neighborhood protests… north park’s only gay dance club, bacchus house, has closed. gay bars redwing and the eagle are still with us.
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– uptown news has a good summary on the hodgepodge of proposals for bringing streetcar service back to san diego’s uptown neighborhoods. meanwhile several other california cities are moving forward with their streetcar plans. it was informative to read that portland’s streetcar system resulted in 3.5 billion in investments near its rail line within the first seven years.
– long term development plans are being discussed for east village, including parks and a design district. but it could be 10 years or more before significant development returns to downtown.
– the view from the top floor of ucsd’s new “fifteen” building at the northwest edge of campus was pretty impressive when i was up there for a meeting recently:
across the street, there’s an interesting building going in: