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Talmadge residents look forward to revamped village

SAN DIEGO -- Enthusiastic Talmadge residents gathered to brainstorm how they envision their community’s future neighborhood-serving business district. Residents have yearned for decades to create a village core similar to that of Kensington, South Park, and University Heights. This is the first step in making their “village” a reality.

The April 16 “Walk and Shop” research workshop at Franklin Elementary School was led by Jim Bliesner, director of the Center of Urban Economics and Design at UCSD, working with graduate students from Woodbury College of Architecture.

Assisting Bliesner was economic development manager Cynthia Fargo of the City Heights Development Corporation. Fargo prompted participants “to think outside the bubble, be creative, and ignore the rules.” And they did.

Talmadge’s proposed village core is Euclid Avenue and 47th Street, extending from El Cajon Boulevard to the south to Monroe Avenue to the north. Residents are beginning at “ground zero” to build their village, to transform existing buildings into mixed-use businesses and a park.

Read the full story in the San Diego Reader HERE.