The beauty of Google is that it saves everything you’ll let it. So today I realized that the Greater North Park Community Plan Update began with an email…on November 18, 2009. Here’s my initial post about the Community Plan Update. Let’s forget for a moment the havoc that outdated plans can cause for incompatibility or changes in community character that aren’t up to speed with the old plans. I’d like to focus on one aspect of the process that has unfolded pretty well. The community input process. Here’s what I mean…
Near the start of the process, the City and the consultant hired for the project gave everyone a simple task. Back then, I didn’t have a role on the Community Plan Advisory Committee, I just sat in the audience as a member of the community. But the City gave voice to everyone, not just the official Advisory Committee. And the result of not narrowing the focus to the official Planning Group (in our community, the voting members of the Advisory Committee were the same as the Planning Group at the time) was that lots of people like me gave up some time to take part in a little photo assignment. What follows is a snapshot of some of the good and the bad across the community of Greater North Park as of about December 2009.
I wasn’t able to get all these pictures in order. Fortunately, the City Planning Department staff who did held onto these included my descriptions of each. I’ve added a few captions along the way. This isn’t as refined and neat as I would’ve liked it to be, but I’ve got a time constraint. Hopefully I’ll revise when I get back.
If you made it to the end, head over to this cool project by Voice of San Diego called The Stumblr. It’s a photo array of citizen-reported sidewalk deficiencies all over the city. We got work to do. Thanks for stopping by.