My wife and I were privileged to spend a few lovely days in the San Luis Obispo area in September. Here are my thoughts about this captivating and enchanting community from a planner’s perspective.
- A beautiful physical setting not only inspires, but also enhances creativity.
- Even a smallish stream can make a powerful downtown greenspace amenity (see photo above).
- College towns across the nation routinely have some of the most vibrant and pleasant downtown business districts.
- More Americans desperately need to learn about the important Spanish and Mexican contributions to our nation’s history.
- Colonial Spanish architecture mixes very well with more modern styles.
- A spectacular coastline within 15 minutes is a real plus – for recreation, economic development, and tourism planning; as well as a natural air freshener and cooling system.
- Some places in California are not trapped in constant traffic gridlock – the trick is, keeping it that way.
- One person’s eyesore can be another person’s tourist attraction – Bubblegum Alley.
- Good humor can be an effective branding tool – SLO Transit (see photo below).
- There are great places with great planning throughout California, not just in the Bay Area or in So Cal.
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