City Seeks to Improve El Cajon Boulevard’s Little Saigon District

The City of San Diego rolled out several proposals Monday night to improve El Cajon Boulevard, particularly the area known as Little Saigon. The proposals aim to make it a more walkable community and make the street more bicycle and transit-friendly.

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Lara Gates, Supervising Planner at the City of San Diego, said the planning meetings have been happening for the past two years and now the City is seeking final feedback and input from residents on the El Cajon Boulevard project.
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The City is looking to transform the corridor on El Cajon Boulevard, from Highland Avenue to 50th Street – the section that encompasses the Little Saigon Business District.
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Dozens of residents turned out for Monday’s meeting to look over the improvement proposals for El Cajon Boulevard.
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Lara Gates, Supervising Planner at the City of San Diego, said the planning meetings have been happening for the past two years and now the City is seeking final feedback and input from residents on the El Cajon Boulevard project.
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Seven alternatives for improvements to the area were highlighted at Monday night’s meeting. The study on the area is expected to be completed in January 2017.
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Gates told NBC 7 the biggest concerns for residents and businesses in the Little Saigon area are parking, bicyclist safety and traffic. She said the community has historically faced a lack of parking and the sidewalks are in need of improvements to make them more pedestrian-friendly.
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The proposals aim to make the corridor on El Cajon Boulevard a more vibrant place where people will want to shop and dine. Because the area is called Little Saigon, cultural elements are also part of the improvements to the area, to highlight the uniqueness of the community.
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