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Day 2: September 28

Neighborhoods: East Village and Gaslamp Quarter

Themes: Business improvement districts; real estate projects; workforce trends; multimodal planning and infrastructure; development and project permitting practices; parklets; arts and culture; placemaking; maintaining an 18-hour city  

Sep 28, 2023

4:00 PM

An overview of who is managing places and activating spaces

An introduction and overview Downtown San Diego’s Business Improvement District and what it takes to promote economic and cultural vibrancy, program and manage spaces, and support different neighborhoods.

Sep 28, 2023

5:00 PM

[Walking Tour] East Village

See how East Village has been revitalized by incentive programs, mobility solutions, and community culture that celebrate creativity.

Sep 28, 2023

6:10 PM

An overview of the City's approach to urban land use and transportation planning

Hear how about Downtown San Diego has its own planning and permitting division for urban growth.

Sep 28, 2023

7:00 PM

[Walking Tour] Merian Public Plaza → Fault Line Park

Experience public spaces that were built through an amenity incentive program that strongly encourages community places.

Sep 28, 2023

7:10 PM

[Lunch] Eat local and learn about sustainable communities

Delegate will enjoy a Sonoran lunch and learn about the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) regional planning efforts to create long-lasting, sustainable communities.

Sep 28, 2023

8:10 PM

[Walking Tour] Gaslamp Quarter + Horton Project Tours

Delegates will breakup into two groups. One group will tour the Gaslamp Quarter while the other tours the Horton project. After which, the groups switch to do the other tour.

Sep 28, 2023

10:00 PM

Kickback and relax reception

The group will cool down after a long day of walking at a rooftop bar, a popular theme throughout Downtown San Diego. After which, delegates will listen in on a conversation about what is placemaking.

Sep 29, 2023

12:00 AM

[Break] Transportation option to dinner

Running from 6:00 - 7:30pm, a pair of FRED, circulators will transporting delegates from the US Grant Hotel lobby to the Herb & Wood.

Sep 29, 2023

2:30 AM

Group dinner with great people

Timeless yet approachable, celebrated Chef Brian Malarkey’s Herb & Wood focuses on rustic, wood-fired dishes. The menu elevates humble ingredients, highlights Mediterranean flavors, and brings a California ethos of seasonality and sustainability to every dish.

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