At The Port of San Diego, like all public agencies, have hot button issues. The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan (NEVP) is currently our most contentious issue. On August 2, 2010, the These Days program on KPBS radio broadcasted a lively discussion between Irene McCormack of the Port District of San Diego and Don Wood of the Navy Broadway Complex Coalition on the future of “San Diego’s Front Porch.”
Most of the topics discussed were location/geography-based including view corridors down Broadway, overlapping plans for development, and ideas for land use changes on other Port properties. I recorded a video using our internal PortGIS Program, available to all Port employees on Port computers, with the objective of giving a geographic perspective to complement the dialog. The primary goal of this blog is to educate Port employees on the use of our internal PortGIS Program so they can make informed decisions. By utilizing tools, such as GIS, Port employees strive to be as effective, efficient and accurate as possible. This conversation gives us the opportunity to showcase these tools as they relate to NEVP and similar concepts should be used by Port decision makers across the Tidelands.
Click on the image below to watch the video. The video has audio.
We really have a beautiful resource in the North Embarcadero. I think Don Wood said it best- “It has the potential to be one of the most iconic waterfronts in the United States and in the world if we do it right.” We hope the PortGIS Program will play a role in helping us “do it right.”