With the Planning Department's elite Urban Design Studio producing some serious results refining Downtown's urban growth standards, the draft plan Design for a Livable Downtown is available for comments and feedback before it's finalized. Bases covered: Sustainability, streetscapes, architectural details, parking, open space, and building materials ("Generally, stucco is not permitted.")
Despite being Downtown's last best hope for affordable public space, the plan lacks any mention of how to better utilize existing alleyways, along the lines of Pasadena's Old Town shopping district. Recommendations instead call for inclusion of paseos (public walkways) to cut through new projects over 300 feet in length. The final document will be submitted to the Planning Commission for adoption to the Central City Community Plan this summer.
· Design for a Livable Downtown [Urban Design Studio]