Some of San Diego’s Worst Sidewalks

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Feb 212013
 

The Stumblr is a blog devoted to documenting some of the worst sidewalks in San Diego, California.  Some of these sidewalks would make for good X-Games ramps.

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City cruises toward Coast Highway revamp

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Jan 282013
 

Source: Ray Huard, UTSanDiego.com

Pedestrians walk past th Vintage Collectables thrift store on South Coast Highway in Oceanside on Wednesday. (Source: UTSanDiego.com)

Oceanside — Time was, the 3.1 mile stretch of Coast Highway as it passes through Oceanside from Camp Pendleton to Carlsbad was the place to be.

People came to the scenic thoroughfare, then known as Hill Street, to buy new cars and to shop.

There was no Interstate 5, so travelers heading south would stop at one of the many restaurants that lined the highway for a leisurely lunch or dinner.

John Daley’s Café 101 was one of those restaurants.

“My restaurant was put in service 85 years ago to service the people on the highway,” said Daley, a lifelong Oceanside resident.

Café 101 looks much as it did in the 1950s, with a retro car hop feel to it, serving old fashioned milk shakes, steaming chili and comfort food to die for.

Outside, it’s a different story. .

The once thriving street is now a mishmash of used car dealerships, aging motels, service stations, auto supply stores and fast food restaurants.

Daley said as many as 50,000 people drive by his restaurant at the corner of Wisconsin Street every day, many using it as an alternate route when I-5 backs up.

“I don’t have any real benefit “ from the traffic, Daley said.

That may be changing.

In February, city officials will begin to search for a consultant to develop several proposals for reworking Coast Highway in hopes of spurring a revitalization of the once vibrant area along the roadway.

The study will probably take more than a year to complete and cost about $500,000, DiPierro said. He said the city is applying for a Caltrans grant to cover up to $300,000.

Long process

An ambitious “Coast Highway Vision Plan” — which was adopted by the City Council in 2009 but never implemented — talked of turning the road into a pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly boulevard with charming shops and restaurants. There would be separate business and residential areas at both ends of the highway.

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ADA compliance: ‘Drive-by’ lawsuits may go up this year

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Aug 132012
 

Source: Kami Corbett, Tampa Bay Business Journal

As the Tampa Bay area spiffs up its appearance for the Republican National Convention this month, local businesses need to be mindful that back in 2010 the Department of Justice modified the Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”) compliance standards, imposing new design standards for new construction and alterations to existing structures.

Mandatory compliance with those standards began on March 15, 2012. All businesses must be aware of the new standards, whether they are constructing a building, completing a major renovation, undertaking small scale projects or just making cosmetic upgrades.

Getting the facts straight

Misunderstanding No. 1: If a business is located in an older building it is “grandfathered” and need not be concerned with compliance. This is not the case. The ADA does not exempt existing buildings. In fact, it actually requires every business to undergo a fact-specific inquiry as to whether making the business accessible is readily achievable. This means that unless making the building accessible is an undue burden on the business, a business must make the necessary changes to make it accessible.

Unfortunately, there is no bright line test for determining what constitutes an undue burden. It is a fact-specific analysis that takes into consideration the nature and cost of the alteration that would be necessary to make the business accessible, along with the financial strength of the company (including parent companies) and the overall effect on the business.

Misunderstanding No. 2: Tenants are not responsible for ADA compliance. A tenant is also required to analyze whether it is readily achievable to make the business accessible. Therefore, it is highly likely that both the landlord and the tenant will be named in a non-compliance suit, leaving the private parties to argue about who is most responsible for bearing the cost of compliance.

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May 232011
 

Spent the morning with the family in beautiful San Clemente, California.  Avenida Del Mar is a main village attraction and draws people to it with its many unique shops, Spanish colonial architecture, and pedestrian-friendly environment.  The people there are some of the friendliest you’ll meet anywhere.  Community leaders and businesses are very much into promoting a more vibrant downtown village experience and they realize that fostering a pedestrian-friendly, or “walkable” environment is an important factor.

*All photos copyright Vanderhawk Consulting LLC