August 24, 2021
This week, Voice of San Diego is inspecting so-called San Diego Specials – a time period coined by now-Mayor Todd Gloria to check with long-running civic conundrums which have festered with out decision on account of an absence of management and imaginative and prescient. Often, these are comparatively small-scale challenges that different cities (and even different San Diego communities) have lengthy since solved.
Apart from this sequence, we’re taking the week to reset and work on long-term initiatives. The Morning Report will resume its regular type subsequent week.
This must be a easy drawback to unravel in Barrio Logan. The neighborhood’s zoning legal guidelines enable industrial companies to open subsequent door to properties. But folks do not need to elevate their households subsequent to such clanking, dusty and smelling neighbors. Indeed, this actuality does not exist wherever else in San Diego. So why does not town simply cease permitting that to occur?
MacKenzie Elmer unwraps the historical past of, arguably, town’s most maligned and squeezed neighborhood and its inability to get a blueprint for future growth, called a community plan, across the finish line.
Now residents and industries are deeply embedded within the cloth of this neighborhood. Trying to parse these materials aside and weave a brand new zoning map that pleases everybody has confirmed to be no easy job, particularly when politics will get concerned – and it has upended a map everybody agreed on earlier than.
Ultimately what can’t be ignored is that Barrio Logan is one in every of San Diego’s most numerous and polluted neighborhoods, the “poster child of environmental racism,” as one advocate put it.
A brand new plan is advancing, this time with out opposition from the shipbuilding trade that stymied earlier efforts.
“Ultimately, generations of San Diegans who watched the Barrio Logan neighborhood be sliced and diced by industry and government projects over generations are hopeful the new plan will stick,” Elmer writes.
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