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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 Its tenant spaces continue to close and remain vacant, and the “fortress-like” design seems out of date with the vibrant street scenes that surround it.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
Horton Plaza: Once and Future Catalyst
Staff Writer for Growth and Development, Union Tribune
Senior Principal, London Moeder Advisors
Director of Operations, Gaslamp Quarter Association
Principal, AVRP Skyport
2018 Breakfast Dialogue
Missed a Breakfast Dialogue? Check out the Recaps!
January 2018 ~ Campus and Community:
Measuring the Contributions of Higher Education in the San Diego Region
February 2018 ~ 2018 is the Year of Housing
How San Diego’s Crisis Continues to Spur Action, Collaboration
Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C-3) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to education and advocacy on issues of policy, planning, and design throughout the San Diego region. Federal Tax ID: 95-2593199