"Streets are settings for activities that bring people together."
— from Great Streets by Allan Jacobs (1995)
The City of San Diego's proposed program to transition temporary pandemic-response outdoor spaces to permanent spaces that safely bring people together to dine, play and gather.
Social distancing guidelines changed how businesses use public spaces. Temporary outdoor spaces popped up throughout the City, allowing for businesses to continue to serve customers.
Spaces as Places is a comprehensive program designed by the City of San Diego’s Planning Department to transition these temporary spaces from an emergency response to a permanent program with established design and safety standards.
The Spaces as Places program will offer a menu of options approach to help foster social interaction and community building by allowing eating, drinking, recreation, public art, education, entertainment and other community gathering spaces within areas of the public right-of-way. Spaces as Places will be a permanent part of the City's toolbox for transforming streets into more healthy, sustainable, and vibrant components of the neighborhood and strengthening the local economy.
Over the next few months, the City of San Diego's Planning Department will work closely with public stakeholders to further develop the program. The Spaces as Places proposal will be brought to the City Council for adoption in the Fall of 2021.