Cars and People Don’t Mix – Restore Park’s Grandeur
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
San Diego Tribune -- Before 1973, cars could be driven all the way through Balboa Park on El Prado from Sixth Avenue on the west to Park Boulevard on the east. Today, park visitors stroll down El Prado from the Bea Evenson Fountain in front of the Natural History Museum to the Art Museum enjoying the historic buildings and spectacular landscaping in pedestrian-friendly spaces free of cars.
That ends abruptly at the Plaza de Panama, where up to 7,000 cars a day compete with people for space. It is time to remove cars and parking from the cultural core of the park and return it to a people-friendly, landscaped space. (Full Story)