Rethinking Horton Plaza & Taking Back the Streets

  • Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Balboa Park ~ The Loggia Room in the House of Hospitality ~ Above The Prado Restaurant


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Rethinking Horton Plaza & Taking Back the Streets

Horton Plaza famously spurred the revitalization of downtown San Diego, but like other regional shopping centers, it is facing the pressure of changing times. Its tenant spaces continue to close and remain vacant, and the “fortress-like” design seems out of date with the vibrant street scenes that surround it.

Meanwhile, downtown's population - and demand for retail - continues to grow. These struggles mean new opportunities to redevelop and rethink the landmark structure. As redevelopment happens, how can the building be opened up to the surrounding streets? Can and should housing be added to help San Diego with its housing crisis? And with competing retail in the Gaslamp Quarter and online stores, is a major shopping center needed downtown? 

Join us in March as we discuss the many opportunities presented with the redesign of Horton Plaza, and the changing role of community shopping centers.


Mike Stepner, FAIA, FAICP

Acting Chair, Architecture Programs, NewSchool of Architecture & Design

Keynote Commentary

Horton Plaza: Once and Future Catalyst

Roger Showley

Staff Writer for Growth and Development, Union Tribune


Gary London

Senior Principal, London Moeder Advisors


Director of Operations, Gaslamp Quarter Association

Principal, AVRP Skyport

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