ReThink Downtown Presents: Healing the Gash

Reconnecting Downtown to Balboa Park and the Waterfront

In the 1960’s in an enlightened move to prevent the building of I-5 along the waterfront we moved it to its current location, severing any connection of downtown to the park. And in subsequent years we have blocked the waterfront. We have been talking about Healing the Gash ever since. The current community plan for Center City reflects the goal of Healing the Gash and builds on several proposals from the last 25 years. Downtown needs parks and public spaces, social programs to address homelessness and affordable housing—we seem to have achieved the rest of the ingredients for the most part. It is time for the big idea to be about public space and the public realm! Our distinguished panel will speak to these issues. Why Healing the Gash is a beginning to a response to many issues and concerns.

Moderator: Mike Stepner, FAIA FAICP, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, NewSchool of Architecture & Design


Marty Poirier, FASLA, Principal, Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects
Rob Quigley
, FAIA, Principal Rob Quigley Architects
James D. Burnett
, FASLA, President, The Office of James Burnett, Landscape Architects
Tomas Herrera-Mishler
, President, Balboa Park Conservancy
William Adams
, JD, publisher of Urbdezine

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When: Tuesday, October 13th @ 6pm-8pm

Where: ReThink Downtown

Address: 700 1st Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

At the corner of 1st Avenue and W G St, across Horton Plaza