A refreshing change.

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A refreshing change.

Chula Vista, CA, a burb of San Diego on the Mexican Border, is considering removing parking and putting up condos. Read about it here.

While city after city across the fruited plain are considering parking garages and increased supply, Chula Vista has discovered that its parking lots are empty. A solution, fill them with urban style "loft" condos.

Everyone wins — the is more housing downtown, the merchants will have greater density within walking distance and therefore more customers, the tax base increases, all is right with the world.

Sounds like the folks in Chula Vista are thinking about the future, not just pouring concrete and building garages that aren’t being used.

Take heed, North Park in San Diego.  You covered a perfectly good surface lot with a huge garage that for the past two years has sat empty. Millions spent, nothing gained.

Way to go CV.

JVH

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