Report: A Place for Placemaking in San Diego

Pages_from_creative_placemaking_FINAL.small.jpgBoth in San Diego and around the country, there are signs that leveraging the power of arts and culture into traditional planning processes can improve neighborhoods while better serving community interests. This convergence of interests has created a field that practitioners are calling creative placemaking. The movement is growing rapidly in part because cities around the U.S. are looking for tools to redevelop communities in ways that not only increase economic development, but also build social capital among community residents.

In San Diego, the movement is grassroots oriented, bubbling up through community-led projects. As the projects continue, City staff is being asked to simplify the process to make community dreams, some of which are relatively simple, become reality. Examples include street paint, benches, art in vacant lots, murals, decorative crosswalks, alley activation, landscaping, wayfinding signage, and temporary mobility enhancements-all promoted to revitalize neighborhoods and jump start the building of social capital. As much as these projects are about the product, they are also about the process. That means an authentic, community-led process that respects community history and values.

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Press Release: Two Pedestrian Fatalities in Two Days Underscore Need for Safety, Vision Zero in San Diego

Contact: Kathleen Ferrier
619-571-5231
kferrier@circulatesd.org

SAN DIEGO (August 22, 2016) – A pedestrian was killed early morning Sunday in a hit-and-run crash on the 4900 block of El Cajon Boulevard.

UPDATE (August 24, 2016) - Another pedestrian death was reported by San Diego Police. An unidentified 78 year old male was struck by a vehicle while he attempted to cross University Avenue Tuesday night. The driver failed to stop at the collision and was later taken into custody for felony hit and run and misdemeanor DUI. 

These crashes are yet another reminder of how important it is for our region’s leaders to commit to Vision Zero, a campaign to make our streets safe from serious injuries and deaths. El Cajon Boulevard is one of the eight most dangerous corridors in the City of San Diego, as identified by research from Circulate San Diego in our groundbreaking Vision Zero report: http://www.circulatesd.org/visionzerosd.

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Circulator -August 12th

Vision Zero: University Avenue
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As part of last year’s budget process, staff in the City’s Transportation and Stormwater Department committed to evaluating the corridor with the highest concentration of crashes and designing engineering improvements.

Since then, City staff determined the ½ mile section of University Avenue—between Fairmount and Euclid Avenues—to be the most problematic with the highest number of crashes. City traffic engineers, in partnership with the offices of Mayor Faulconer and Councilwoman Marti Emerald, responded by organizing the University Avenue Working Group with the mission to “Improve safety for all modes as part of Vision Zero.” Circulate San Diego has been pleased to participate in this group.

To review the alternatives and to take the survey, check out the project website. 

Read the entire blog here.


 

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Vision Zero: University Avenue

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As part of last year’s budget process, staff in the City’s Transportation and Stormwater Department committed to evaluating the corridor with the highest concentration of crashes and designing engineering improvements.

Since then, City staff determined the ½ mile section of University Avenue - between Fairmount and Euclid Avenues - to be the most problematic with the highest number of crashes. City traffic engineers, in partnership with the offices of Mayor Faulconer and Councilwoman Marti Emerald, responded by organizing the University Avenue Working Group with the mission to “Improve safety for all modes as part of Vision Zero.” Circulate San Diego has been pleased to participate in this group.

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Press Release: Critical Injury of Chargers intern highlights the need for Vision Zero in San Diego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Colin Parent

619-571-5231 (cell)

cparent@circulatesd.org 

 

Press Release: Critical Injury of Chargers intern highlights the need for Vision Zero in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (August 8, 2016) -- 23-year-old J’Ron Erby, an intern for the San Diego Chargers, was struck while walking earlyFriday in a hit-and-run crash on the 900 block of Garnet Avenue.

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Circulator - July 28th

SANDAG's 11 Miles of Urban Bikeways Headed to the Finish Line and Why Advocates Should Listen to the Arguments that Moved the Project Forward
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A discussion with SANDAG’s Board of Directors last week about 11 miles of urban bikeways included a lot of elements we have become familiar with: business and property owners present to argue against parking loss; bicycling and walking advocates present to speak in favor of safety and connectivity to get around without a car.

Read the entire blog post here.


 

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SANDAG's 11 Miles of Urban Bikeways Headed to the Finish Line and Why Advocates Should Listen to the Arguments that Moved the Project Forward

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A discussion with SANDAG’s Board of Directors last week about 11 miles of urban bikeways included a lot of elements we have become familiar with: business and property owners present to argue against parking loss; bicycling and walking advocates present to speak in favor of safety and connectivity to get around without a car.

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Program Spotlight: Walk+Bike Chula Vista #2

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The City of Chula Vista’s Recreation Department, together with local non-profits Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, started a new campaign designed to promote and encourage walking and biking throughout the City. The program already hosted 5 Meet-Up walks around Recreation Centers and neighborhoods, 2 Meet-Up bike rides around parks, and 1 “Bike and Learn Together” ride originating from Parkway Community Center. Circulate Staff conducted five “Walk This Way” pedestrian education sessions for participants of Recreation Department camps. More events and activities are forthcoming and posted on a monthly basis. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.chulavistaca.gov/walkbike

During one of these events, Crecencia Garibo shared her story. Over Crecencia’s lifetime, she tried to learn how to ride a bicycle. 

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Letter: Floor Alert - Support AB 2763

There is a Floor Alert for AB 2763 for August 1, 2016. Circulate San Diego joined with a number of organizations and companies from around California to support AB 2763 which clarifies that drivers can use leased or rented vehicles while driving with a Transportation Network Company (TNC). 

Please join us in support of AB 2763.

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Press Release: Circulate San Diego Releases Tips for Enjoying Pokémon Go Safely

Contact: Colin Parent

(858) 442-7374

cparent@circulatesd.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 19, 2016

Circulate San Diego Releases Tips for Enjoying Pokémon Go Safely (PDF)

Circulate San Diego, the region’s leading organization that promotes pedestrians safety, today released tips for San Diegans to enjoy Pokémon Go safely.

The immense popularity of Pokémon Go mobile app is inspiring an unprecedented amount of walking and healthy physical exercise. The game rewards players that log time walking to hatch virtual eggs, and users are taking to the streets and exploring their neighborhoods to catch Pokémon. Augmented reality games like Pokémon Go can be fun ways to inspire more physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

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