Downtown Santa Ana Gets "Great Neighborhood" Award—And Protests!
Updated: Aug 28, 2020
SanTana city council members, planning commissioners, and developers all gathered triumphantly last evening at the East End's Spurgeon Promenade. The American Planning Association honored the city's downtown area with one of its 16 "Great Neighborhoods in America" award—the only West Coast winner, apparently. The fancy distinction is bestowed for places notable for "exceptional character, quality, and urban planning." The Brave New Urbanists who flipped the Fiesta Marketplace into the East End to join with the Artists Village rejoiced, but not all felt like celebrating.
Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post: