Perched within hilly topography and next to Downtown San Diego and Balboa Park, Golden Hill occupies a premier geographic location in the city, with breathtaking city, bay and mountain views and is one of the oldest communities in the city. Two qualities which make the community unique are the variety of older, traditional architectural styles, and the sensitivity of the earlier site planning to the rolling terrain and canyon landforms. Many of the community's neighborhoods still have a pedestrian scale with mature trees and quiet streets. Growth has followed a traditional neighborhood development pattern, characterized by compact blocks, small lots and fine-grained, pedestrian-scaled buildings. Many significant residential architectural styles exist in the area and are well worth preserving.
The community has great potential to build on the renaissance of its commercial streets, with the restoration, enhancement or new development of mixed-use buildings and traditional storefronts that contribute to a "Main Street" character that supports walking, bicycling, and greater transit use. Investments in public streets, plazas, parks and open spaces will provide community identity, gathering spaces, and connections between neighborhoods, commercial districts and Balboa Park.
M.W. Steele Group developed the Urban Design Element of the Community Plan Update, focusing heavily on graphics to communicate the unique characteristics that make Golden Hill such a special community in the City of San Diego.
|Type||Urban Design and Community Outreach
|Client||City of San Diego
|Completed||Completed in 2009 / Adopted by City Council in 2016|