A ‘beautification movement’: Traffic council hears ideas to revamp La Jolla’s cultural district

A concept to rework what is called the La Jolla Cultural District was presented at the Jan. 19 virtual meeting of the La Jolla Traffic & Transportation Board.

La Jolla architect Trace Wilson’s proposal, heard as a talking point, would rearrange the entire public right-of-way from Eads Avenue to La Jolla Boulevard and from Prospect Street to Pearl Street.

“It’s really an effort to come up with a more specific plan that allows people to build the public right-of-way improvements as they develop…so that ultimately we have an urban environment consistent,” Wilson said. .

He said the concept is separate from his efforts on plans to renovate the La Jolla Recreation Center on Prospect, but he added that those plans, currently being fundraised, have us “wanting to think about the edges of the recreation center and how we can continue this beautification movement.

The concept is to give each street in the plan a cohesive “street tree pattern” distinct from the patterns of other streets, which would serve as a “good place-making device” for drivers and pedestrians at various intersections, said Wilson.

The design also uses roundabouts at some intersections as well as level crossings in the middle of blocks.

“We want to create a beautiful environment that slows traffic, calms traffic and creates a great pedestrian environment,” he said.

The concept includes a large roundabout at the intersection of Silverado Street, Prospect Street and Draper Avenue.

(Courtesy of Trace Wilson)

The concept includes a large roundabout at the intersection of Silverado Street, Prospect Street and Draper Avenue, which Wilson says could serve as the village’s “beacon” for the newly renovated San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, which has moved its main entrance to face this crossroads.

Kathleen Neil, administrator of the La Jolla Community Planning Association, asked Wilson if there would be any significant changes to Eads Avenue, which she called “a single road in downtown because it really is our neighborhood. of multi-family dwellings at all prices”. Changes to parking there would create problems for residents, she said.

Wilson agreed and said the changes to Eads “wouldn’t monkey too much, just make him look better”.

T&T board member Tom Brady said he would like to push for the Silverado and Prospect roundabout first, saying that under current conditions “someone is going to get killed, either a pedestrian, or there will be a car accident”.

Brian Williams of Bishop’s School on La Jolla Boulevard and Prospect Street said Wilson’s plan was “absolutely wonderful”. He added that the school would incorporate design elements into its plans to update its exterior and landscaping.

He said “Bishop’s will do what they can to help support” Wilson’s concept.

Other T&T news

Officials from the San Diego Special Events and Filming Department presented information about their permits, asking the T&T board to help streamline the process.

Natasha Collura, executive director of the department, said that Special Events & Filming provides “a number of production services related to events and films, including technical systems, [working] with multiple agencies and departments, location scouting and more.

She said: “We cover regulatory public safety, we work to reduce risk and we also ensure that there is community engagement. Basically, we try to be a one stop shop for event planners.

Collura said a special event permit is required for events “in the public right-of-way, as well as events that take place on park property that have complex event elements,” such as serving as a l alcohol or involve a road closure or a tent.

Brandy Shimabukuro, director of the department’s filming program, said filming permits are required for “non-entertainment, photography or film production” on city property, whether for commercial filming, TV – reality or a feature film.

She said the department requires “good neighbor outreach for any production that will have a significant impact on the surrounding community,” such as occupying parking spaces, closing streets or sidewalks, or requiring traffic control. .

Such outreach, she said, means getting door-to-door support via signatures from every resident and business within a 300-foot radius of the proposed filming location, and/or leaving door hangers.

Shimabukuro said she tries to balance permit applications with the needs of each community. La Jolla Shores and The Village “are unique in that parking is a premium,” she said. “A lot of productions are going to come in with honey carts, trailers, equipment, grab trucks, that sort of thing. We try to take that into account. »

Collura said the Special Events and Filming Department requires that all events requested from La Jolla be approved by the T&T Board of Directors. “You are the board we turn to for comment.”

Justine King, special events program manager for the department, asked T&T to help streamline the process and communicate with applicants who have not yet been approved by T&T.

Collura said a board template would be helpful, including how long candidates have to wait to sign up for the T&T schedule, what steps to take during a T&T presentation, what diagrams would be useful and where. approval goes next.

T&T President Brian Earley said he would work with King and Collura “to provide some sort of letter … that says who we are, what our processes are. … We want to be an asset to the city. ◆

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