Send a Letter to the Mayor & City Council to Show your Support for Curbside San Diego: A Pilot Program for Creative and Flexible Use of Public Right-ofWay, Helping Businesses During Downtown’s Economic Recovery

A diverse group of organizations is requesting that the Mayor and City Council consider Curbside San Diego which is a vision for pop-up placemaking and activation programs that alter the public right-of-way to allow dining and physical distancing within designated zones in Downtown San Diego.  Join us in requesting that this extra public space be used to provide safer conditions for social distancing due to the COVID-19 crisis. We hope this pilot program will be implemented in other neighborhoods as well.

Click the green button below to can send a pre-written letter, or tell your own story and write your own.

Click here to send an email right now

Or…

EVEN BETTER:
Write your own personal message to kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov. Modify this sample letter and copy/paste to your personal email app.

 

The Honorable Kevin Faulconer Mayor City of San Diego

202 C Street, 11th Floor San Diego, CA 92101

Curbside San Diego: A Pilot Program for Creative and Flexible Use of Public Right-of- Way, Helping Businesses During Downtown’s Economic Recovery

Dear Mayor Faulconer,

Based on Governor Newsom’s recent announcement to allow some counties and municipalities to transition to Phase II and Phase III reopening, it is imperative the City of San Diego implement measures that best allow for these businesses to resume operations, once permissible under State and County public health and safety guidelines. Your administration and the City Council have been leaders in innovative initiatives, such as the Development Services Department’s online permitting system, increasing mobility and bike lanes throughout the city, a commitment to climate action goals, and streamlining permitting processes for affordable housing. The COVID-19 pandemic demands similar bold action for streamlining regulations related to our small businesses, restaurants and retail establishments.

To achieve this goal, we have identified specific recommendations for the creative and flexible use of the public right-of-way (PROW) and private spaces that allow for sustainable business activity and a more walkable urban core. With more than 35,000 residents in Downtown, this program would first target and provide neighborhoods with enhanced dining and active public space, while maintaining appropriate physical distancing. It is imperative for the recovery of our restaurants and retail that the Curbside San Diego pilot program be implemented thoughtfully and swiftly with streamlined permitting and as little permitting costs associated with the process as possible. Our commercial zones are suffering, and these zones provide thousands of jobs, important services, and social and entertainment outlets for our residents and visitors. We would respectfully request that pilot areas be identified by June in order to test these concepts. We stand ready to assist with implementation.

What is Curbside San Diego?

Curbside San Diego is a vision for pop-up placemaking and activation programs that alter the public right-of-way to allow dining and physical distancing within designated zones in Downtown San Diego. This innovative program could be a key part of Downtown’s economic recovery. The design and configuration of each Curbside San Diego location would be slightly different and responsive to each neighborhood’s unique needs. Curbside San Diego would in some cases be actively managed and programmed by the Downtown San Diego Partnership and

in other cases, by respective neighborhood business districts, such as the Little Italy Association’s “Al Fresco” dining program. The following is the initial list of sites we would like to prioritize, however additional locations may be requested in the future and current locations may be amended as needed. These sites were specifically chosen as they have overwhelming merchant support, have plans and support infrastructure in place to implement the program, and consider issues related to ADA, public safety, public transit, and commercial loading zones. We are committed to working with you on developing a suitable plan that works for each street identified.

Gaslamp Quarter

  • Location – Fifth Avenue between K Street and Broadway.
  • Programming – Tables, live music, art, and retail amenities.
  • Schedule – Friday evening through Sunday. Full street closure with access lane for public safety.

East Village

  • Location – J Street between 6th Avenue and Park Boulevard.
  • Programming – Tables, live music, entertainment, bike corrals, and art.
  • Schedule – Friday evening through Sunday. Full street closure with access lane for enhanced mobility options and public safety.

Columbia

  • Location – Columbia Street between B Street and C Street.
  • Programming – Tables, live music, art, etc.
  • Schedule – Friday evening through Sunday. One travel lane and one parking lane.

Little Italy

  • Location – India Street between Beech Street and Grape Street.
  • Programming – Tables, live music, art, etc.
  • Schedule – Saturdays. Full street closure with access lane for public safety.

City Center

  • Location – B Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue.
  • Programming – Tables, bike corrals, live music.
  • Schedule – Monday through Friday, one parking lane.

Cortez

  • Location – South side of Ash Street between 8th Avenue and 7th Avenue.
  • Programming – Seating and designated queuing area.
  • Schedule – 7-day closure, parking lane and one vehicular lane. Through traffic lanes will remain open.

San Diego’s restaurants and small retail establishments are part of the social fabric of our great city and we believe this creative approach will best allow for their continued operation given the current physical distancing restrictions enacted in response to the pandemic. Additionally, the full and partial closure of streets will enhance downtown’s bike and pedestrian experience by providing added space to safely navigate and explore our urban neighborhoods. San Diego’s Mediterranean climate further increases the chances that these recommendations can be successfully implemented. We appreciate your steady leadership during this difficult time for our community and request your swift action in support of the Curbside San Diego pilot project, which will begin to sow the seeds of a sustained economic recovery in San Diego.

Curbside San Diego would also provide a template to support the use of public streets and private spaces for restaurants and retail in other areas of the city. We understand and embrace equity in this process and assisting commercial areas outside of existing Downtown boundaries is essential. We are committed to working with your administration, the County of San Diego, MTS, the San Diego BID alliance, and Alcohol Beverage Control to support this pilot initiative in Downtown and other neighborhoods as well.

We look forward to working with you on the Curbside San Diego initiative.

Sinceramente,

___

 

And feel free to add these important CCs:

barbarabry@sandiego.gov, jennifercampbell@sandiego.gov, chriscate@sandiego.gov, christopherward@sandiego.gov, monicamontgomery@sandiego.gov, markkersey@sandiego.gov, scottsherman@sandiego.gov, vivian@vivianmorenosd.com, georgettegomez@sandiego.gov, cvincent@sandiego.gov, cbwear@sandiego.gov, talk@bikesd.org