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  Uphill Downhill
Dave Druker | 10th Street


One of the hallmarks of a vital downtown is the ability for a large number of people within the community to walk to the downtown area. There are some unique challenges in Del Mar based upon its land use and topography that make this difficult. Much of the residential density is at the south end and north ends of town. Added to this is that many of the residents have to either walk up a hill to get to downtown or up a hill to get back. This is not to say that some people living at both ends of town and or Crest walk to the center, the easier way for most people is by car.
To estimate the density of the population, I have used the voter registration data along with Google maps to compare three areas in Del Mar. The first area is bounded by Sandy Pointe and 24th St and from the Ocean to the drainage ditch. This area is far from the center. Approximately, 7.6% of the population lives in this area and there is a density of 0.32 people per 1000 sq. ft. The second area is bounded by 18th St and 9th St and from Grand Ave to a little east of Luneta. This area is close to the center and contains about 19.95% of the population but has a density of only 0.12 people per 1000 sq. ft. The third area is bounded by 7th St and Stratford Circle and between the cliffs and Camino del Mar. This area is also far from the center and contains about 16.64% of the population with a density of 0.39 people per sq. ft.
About 80.43% of the population has difficulty walking to the center of town. So we can make the city more walk-able but it does not necessarily mean that people will be able to walk to the center of town. We can also extend the center of town to 9th, 10th and 11th Streets without impacting the residents as envisioned by Vision 2000 so that the residents of the south end of town are closer to the center.


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