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6 San Diego Uptown News | Mar. 18–31, 2011


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Letters to the Editor


Solution to bridge contro- versy?


Kudos to reader Thomas Hemlock for his elegant solution to the Plaza de Panama/Cabrillo Bridge controversy! (Uptown News, March 4-17 edition.) His suggestion to pattern the bypass bridge after the existing Cabrillo Bridge preserves the functional goals of the proposal (full removal of auto traffic from the interior plazas and promenades), while in my judgment very effectively addressing the objections of those who feel that the proposed design would degrade the mountaintop- city aesthetic of the existing site. The evidence of the latter is


there to be seen in Mr. Hemlock’s renderings of the modified bypass bridge: Does not the combined Cabrillo Bridge and bypass, with its long horizontal plane, and stout


arches stepping up and down the undulating terrain below, suggest to your eye an ancient aqueduct, such as might have supplied water to a castellated mountain town? And does not the graceful curve of the arched bypass itself, wrapping tightly around the close-massed buildings, suggest the outer sweep of the very fortifications such a town might be expected to pos- sess? And does not the reinforcing of the existing Gill note, the note of purity of line and circle, immeasur- ably strengthen the evocative im- pression made by the whole scene? I would urge both sides in this


controversy to study Mr. Hem- lock’s proposed modification very closely, and to not dismiss out of hand the notion that one simple but brilliant design change can settle the entire controversy at a stroke.


Joe Lima North Park Resident


Balboa Park tunnel/trolley?


In order for our community to find a solution on how to eliminate traffic from Plaza de Panama we need to come up with more cre- ative solutions than what has been presented already. I am all for the effort to divert


traffic away from the Plaza, but I don’t want to be forced into the parking lot at Alcazar Garden while I’m trying to get from Banker’s Hill to Hillcrest. I value the fact that one can drive through the park and avoid going all the way around the perimeter of the park to try and get around town.


How about a tunnel that goes


underneath the park that starts after Cabrillo Bridge and ends around the Japanese Garden? Fur- thermore, if the trolley does not even come to Balboa Park, does it really matter what kind of changes are made? Does San Diego truly


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have a vision for Balboa Park that includes efficient mass transit or is this simply a move to add an ad- ditional parking lot to the Park?


Let’s think outside the box San Diego and we can all come up with a great solution to this problem.


Joseph Theriault South Park Resident


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