Check this out! The Register has a story this morning on Huntington Beach remaking its downtown. Apparently the last time Downtown HB’s master plan was updated was in 1989, so they feel it’s time to bring the heart of Surf City USA into the 21st Century.
So what’s happening now in Surf City? The city has hired consultants to rethink downtown, which may include more mixed-use development, more eco-friendly building standards, and new walkways to connect the soon-to-be Pacific City and Strand projects with the Hyatt Regency resort at PCH and Beach Blvd. Oh yes, and the city is still thinking about closing off Main Street (or at least, the first couple blocks above PCH) to all vehicular traffic! Wow!
Or wait, should that be, “HUH?!” OK, OK, Surf City Nights is doing just fine on Tuesdays. But still, is Surf City ready to close Main Street to cars permanently? Is Surf City ready for high density, high-end development in downtown? And is Surf City possibly ready to see the entire character of its downtown changed as the master plan changes? I want to know what YOU think about this, so please feel free to tell me what you’re thinking about Huntington Beach.
And while we talk about HB, please check out Joe Shaw’s wonderful local blog, Greetings from Downtown Huntington Beach. You can find even more info about everything happening in everyone’s favorite beach city over there. But in the mean time, stay here and tell me what you think!