Press Release: UCSD-TV Profiles the "Making of Place" in a San Diego Community (8/28/2007)


Solana Beach considers people-friendly urban planning but… “What about the parking?”

LA JOLLA, CA – As with many California communities, the small coastal city of Solana Beach is focused on accommodating growth, preserving its unique character, and creating public spaces that enhance its quality of life. The UCSD-TV documentary “The Making of Place: Solana Beach,” premiering September 17 at 8 pm, tracks how Solana Beach civic leaders and community members are responding to these conflicting challenges.

The half-hour program features renowned urban geographer Fred Kent, Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner, developer Greg Shannon, and dozens of others evaluating public places such as the remodeled Fletcher Cove, the Cedros Design District, the “seas of asphalt” that are Highway 101 and Lomas Santa Fe Drive, and the controversial Cedros Crossing, the proposed mixed-use development at the Solana Beach train station. As Solana Beach grapples with how to become more livable and pedestrian-friendly, Kent has one answer: Design for people, not cars!

Fred Kent is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and a foremost thinker in livability and smart growth. As founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, he is known throughout the world as a dynamic speaker and prolific ideas man. More information on Project for Public Spaces is available at

“The Making of Place: Solana Beach” is produced by Shannon Bradley, who was also behind UCSD-TV’s acclaimed documentary “San Diego Canyonlands,” which premiered on UCSD-TV in September 2006. That program profiled the ongoing efforts to preserve and restore San Diego's network of canyons and to create a regional Canyonlands Park that could become of the county's greatest natural assets.

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