Strolling the Green Promenade
A pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly linkage in the heart of the East Village neighborhoods of Downtown San Diego? Absolutely. With the new Master Plan, the underused right-of-way along 14th Street will become a grand 30-foot wide promenade connecting City College to Barrio Logan through East Village. Working with CivicSD, the Promenade space was created by eliminating one parking lane on the east side of the street and reducing the width of traffic lanes, gaining about 16 additional feet for pedestrians and bicyclists—more than doubling the existing width. The Plan also addresses underground utilities and stormwater management. The East Village neighborhood is slated to absorb the majority of residential units planned for Downtown, so public open space is critical for the social and recreational needs of the community.
Ultimately, 14th Street will be one of six linear greenway corridors, creating a network of open spaces and linking Downtown parks with neighboring communities.