Makers Quarter in the New York Times

An increasingly important component of urban environments are vibrant places for people to come together to make, to inspire—and to be inspired. This describes Makers Quarter, an emerging tech-hub and lifestyle center in San Diego's East Village.

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To quote the article by Lauren Herstik:

"The project, known as Makers Quarter, aims to turn six blocks of mixed-use development into one million square feet of office space, 145,000 square feet of street-level retail space, 800 residential units and 72,000 square feet of public open space over the next seven to 10 years.

Planners want to expand on the existing identity of the neighborhood, defined by artists and artisans, and attract and retain a robust talent pool for the local innovation economy.

Stacey Pennington, the master planner on the project, described the vision for the neighborhood from a picnic table at Silo, an auto repair lot that has been turned into a community venue. It is currently a vacant lot that can be rented out for events, with 24 original murals by local artists."

“We were not just going to jump into building buildings right away and just expect people to come and things magically come together,” said Ms. Pennington, who founded the urban planning and design firm SLP Urban Planning. “We had this ongoing vision for how the neighborhood would develop and transform.”

We are proud to be shaping this project within a talented and committed group of partners, and thrilled that it was featured in The New York Times.

photo by Makers Quarter.