Dear Downtown Plan Advisory Committee,I would like share with you a video presentation I created outlining an alternative vision for public space in downtown Davis.I am submitting this video as comments on the previous workshop summary documents and in preparation for the workshops this week. I understand that the comment period is closed, but I was unable to summarize my comments in format provided.The presentation is extremely critical of the consultants’ “Plan A” to create an eventual square on third street. I outline a large number of intrinsic problems with this plan, including feasibility, cost, the selling off of viable public spaces to developers, poor design, lack of support for existing businesses among other obvious problems.
As an alternative, this presentation outlines a new incremental plan to create a heart of Davis in an expanded E Street Plaza district. I strongly feel that some version of this plan should be the new Plan A, and the proposed 3rd street plan should be dropped entirely.
I provided comments at the start and end of the last workshops and I feel those comments were largely ignored. If at the end of the workshops this week I continue to see the 3rd street plan developed as the primary strategy I will begin to form a community-based group to develop and promote an alternative plan.
I hope you consider this proposal favorably. I would be pleased to discuss it with you in person or to give a presentation during the workshops this week. I plan to refine the video presentation and create a website to post it for comments.
Thank you for all your efforts to develop a new vision for downtown Davis.
Chris Jones is a Davis native and director of the CoolClimate Network, a research consortium at UC Berkeley dedicated to scaling up climate solutions globally. His research focuses on carbon footprint analysis, urban planning, climate change policy and environmental psychology.