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SAN JUAN, CIUDAD CAPITAL JORGE A. SANTINI, ALCALDE

URBAN DESIGN VISION FOR THE ISLETA OF SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

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City THE WALKABLE CITY

THE WALKABLE City

ISLETA OF SAN JUAN - THE WALKABLE CITY • JULY 2010

message from the mayor

It is with great pride and pleasure that I share with you my vision for the Isleta –The Walkable City. This plan re-centers and redefines the economic engine of the Isleta, while protecting and enhancing its historic assets and beauty. My administration and I have been working and dialoguing with our community for over 2 years to articulate a plan that will lead the Isleta into the 21st century while preserving its historic city charm and characteristics.

This summary gives an overview of our vision for the Isleta –The Walkable City. I am particularly proud of this work because it reenergizes the economy of the Isleta by introducing 16 million square feet of new development, more than 20 miles of improved pedestrian friendly roadways, over 7 miles of a stunning waterfront promenade, and a transformative public transit system rooted on the implementation of the Tren Satour – a new light-rail transit that is the backbone of this transformation. Municipality of San Juan

The proposed Tren Satour is the product of extensive studies, technical expertise and public input. Over the past two years I commissioned an initial engineering and financial feasibility analysis, followed by a study of alternative alignments. Citizens of San Juan played a fundamental role in an extensive public review process which identified the locally preferred alternative. Based on this alternative, an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) will be prepared that will allow us to proceed with the engineering and final design of the system. The comprehensive vision demonstrates how this infrastructure will drive the transformation of the city, and will bring benefits and economic opportunities to residents and private developers alike.

I look forward to sharing the vision in more detail in many upcoming presentations, and to hearing your opinions and comments. Furthermore, I hope to have the opportunity to emphasize the public and private sector roles that each can play in making the vision a reality.

This vision is very ambitious. Its success hinges on effective partnerships with all tiers of the government, with the private sectors and with the community. To secure the Isleta’s future we need a broad alliance of support

We must build and celebrate our great city and make it again, as the first planned city in the Americas, an example for the island of Puerto Rico and the world on how to resolve and deal with the urbanistic problems we face in the 21st century. Sincerely, Mayor Jorge Santini Padilla

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guiding objectives

envisioning the walkable city

the plan’s six guiding objectives

This document summarizes the planning and urban design work that has been conducted for the Isleta of San Juan at the request of the Honorable Mayor Jorge Santini Padilla. Mayor Santini envisions the Isleta as a walkable city with a strong infrastructure, and as a re-centered economic engine that will propel San Juan throughout the 21st century. The Consultant, Antonio Di Mambro + Associates, Inc. articulated and illustrated this vision, and provided a strategic plan to realize the goals set forth in this report as well as recommendations for a successful implementation strategy.

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The Isleta today is at a pivotal moment – it must decide whether it wants to continue in its population and economic decline or if it wants to reverse the current trends, reinvent itself and surpass its former glory. While it is an intensive undertaking, with a strong leadership dedicated to seizing opportunities, the Isleta can become a prototypical city in the Caribbean. Revitalizing and rebranding the Isleta will unlock development potential for the Municipality of San Juan at large and will catalyze urban growth in the years to come.

The plan for the Isleta: The Walkable City presents a comprehensive vision for the Isleta’s transformation. Its main objectives are to: 1. Introduce a transformative transportation system that will ensure accessibility, integration and economic development for the entire Isleta 2. Consolidate the Isleta as a primary touristic destination, the pearl of the Caribbean

4. Protect and celebrate the Isleta’s vibrant culture and relevant history 5. Provide a state-of-the-art pedestrian experience marked by memorable spaces that celebrate the Isleta’s natural assets, and historic heritage, and that captivate, orient, and congregate residents and tourists alike 6. Foster dense, diverse and vibrant communities within all of the Isleta.

3. Strategically address global changes in climate, sea level rise and energy resources

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open spaces

tourism

memorability

mobility livability sustainability Municipality of San Juan

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5.3 mile

tren satour alignment

understanding the isleta

a disconnected city center

Planning for the Isleta’s future requires both an understanding of its rich past and a comprehension of its complex present and regional context. The Isleta cannot be understood as a stand-alone-piece. Though internationally renowned for its historic center, it is not the sole touristic draw of San Juan. The Condado district to the east and the Convention Center district to the south are important allies in establishing San Juan as a primary destination within Puerto Rico.

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While the Condado district functions primarily as a hospitality hub, with an array of hotels along is waterfronts, the Convention Center area has the potential to become a new economic engine for the region. The synergy among the Isleta, the Condado and the Convention Center district will re-center the city around the San Juan Bay and transform San Juan into a prototype city for the Caribbean in the 21st century.

Indelible to the re-organization around the San Juan Bay, however, is the public transit: the backbone of the city center. Today the region suffers from a missing link. While the Tren Urbano connects Bayamón to Sagrado Corazón, the city around the bay remains disconnected. Tren Satour – a new light-rail alignment, still in its planning phase – addresses this disconnect as it delineates the further expansion of the public transit to Old San Juan. The establishment

of an integrated transit system that will heighten the connectivity among the city’s subparts is essential to the development of a prosperous and renewed city center. The future of the Isleta, of San Juan, and ultimately of Puerto Rico is indelibly linked to the implementation of a comprehensive public transit system that will reconnect and re-center the city around the San Juan Bay. Left: Old San Juan Middle: Condado District Right: Convention Center Municipality of San Juan

ISLETA OF SAN JUAN - THE WALKABLE CITY • JULY 2010 Atlantic Ocean Old San Juan

Old San Juan Terminus Condado district Convention Center district

Miramar West

San Juan Bay Santurce Centro Planned

Tren Satour Alignment Sagrado Corazón

Hato Rey

Laguna San José

Existing

Tren Urbano Line

Bayamón

Universidad de Puerto Rico Rio Piedras

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understanding the isleta

historic trends: the correlation between shifts in transportation and population

The population of the Isleta is declining at a rate three times as fast as its average growth. Today the Isleta is home to 7,963 residents, a number comparable to its population 2 centuries ago, a mere quarter its 34,637 inhabitants in the 1920’s. The Isleta must urgently revert this trend. Though linking the population decline to any sole cause would invariably be an oversimplification, the correlation between the variations in the Isleta’s population and the shifts in transportation and technology is undisputable.

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While carriages and horses marked the Isleta’s initial stages, the implementation of the railroad and tramway systems was closely accompanied by the Isleta’s economic and population boom. Likewise, the demise of these two major transit systems, subsequently substituted by the automobile, coincided with the sudden exodus from the Isleta at a rate unprecedented in its history. Naturally, the shifts in transportation were not isolated incidents. They were strongly linked to economic shifts from an agricultural economy to a touristic one, to political changes, and to events such the Great Depression and a series of hurricanes that hit the Isleta in the 1930’s.

Nevertheless, thriving transit systems marked the Isleta’s apogee - namely from the late 1800s to the 1930s - a period characterized by a comprehensive rail transit system and intense port activity along Canal San Antonio and the San Juan Bay.

The second half of the 20th century was dominated by the automobile. The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport was inaugurated in 1955, helping to boost the Isleta’s tourism. Nevertheless, the airport and vehicular traffic were unable to spur a new era of prosperity..

The mid 20th century witnessed the collapse of the rail transit systems and the shift of the port activities from the Isleta to Santurce and Ponce due to technological advances and the need for bigger port areas. With the downfall of the rail transit and of the port activities the Isleta witnessed a dramatic population decline.

The need for an integrated, comprehensive public transit system– the backbone of public movement–is unequivocal.

Top Left: Plaza Colon, San Juan c.1910 Allen Morrison’s collection. In: www.tramz.com/pr/sj.html Top Right: Plaza Colón today Municipality of San Juan

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1878 – 1946 San Juan Tramway

1891 – 1957 San Juan Railroad

1950s – present Automobiles

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SHIFT OF THE PORTUARY ACTIVITIES FROM THE ISLETA TO SANTURCE AND PONCE NEW TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY •BIGGER BOAT SIZES •REQUIREMENT OF BIGGER PORT AREAS •CONTAINERIZATION FACILITIES

PORTUARY SHIFT

Above: Calle de la Fortaleza, c. 1898 Coleccion Left:1917 photograph of two trams on Calle Recinto Sur headed towards the ARR station whose tower Top Left: Vehicular congestion around Plaza de tarjetas postales, AGPR, San Juan. In: is visible in the background. In the foreground to the right is the original terminus of the steam tramway. Quincentennial Rivera, 1989 p 310. Source: Allen Morrison’s collection. In: www.tramz.com/pr/sj.html Municipality of San Juan

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hidden

rundown

landmarks

neighborhoods

looking east from san cristóbal castle

la perla neighborhood

The recent spate of new construction threatens to annihilate the Isleta’s iconic landmarks from its skyline and views.

The neighborhoods of La Perla and San Agustin are characterized by poor public realm, building decay, and a lack of integration with the rest of the Isleta.

underutilized and

vacant areas vacant lot in capitolio district

More than 8% of the Isleta is currently vacant or underutilized, including more than a mile of waterfront parcels along Canal San Antonio.

The Isleta is composed of many realities. Historic structures of worldwide relevance, rundown residential neighborhoods, stunning coastline, abandoned waterfronts, thriving touristic hubs, monumental civic spaces are all present on the Isleta of San Juan. These many districts present a wide range of economic, environmental, and social challenges that must be addressed if the Isleta is to enter a new period of prosperity and growth.

lack of

maintenance

These issues are strongly connected. Each one is strongly interlinked to the others, to the Isleta’s complex reality and to its rich past. It is critical to embrace in a holistic approach, understanding and tackling the Isleta’s many challenges. It is only with an understanding of the underlying logic of the Isleta that a sustainable plan can be devised.

park escambrón

The lack of maintenance found throughout the Isleta, especially outside of the old city walls, strongly affects its touristic and residential potential.

public transit:

connectivity

underserved

intersection - 5

calle del tren

to Santurce

Intersection-5 is one of the most challenging points of the Isleta featuring a dangerous pedestrian realm and high speed vehicular flow.

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areas

Over 30% of the Isleta is underserved by public transit.

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building

traffic

congestion

decay

calle fortaleza

historic center

The numbers of vehicles entering the Isleta each day (77,220) greatly exceeds its capacity, resulting in extensive traffic congestion.

A overwhelming 43% of the buildings in the Isleta are decaying.

scattered open spaces

problems & issues synthesis

park luis muñoz rivera

The Isleta’s open spaces are disconnected, and do not provide a continuous experience.

poor

pedestrian environment calle san agustin

Most of the Isleta’s pedestrian realm is characterized by sidewalks in poor conditions, little shading, a lack of crosswalks and decayed built fabric.

inaccessible

coastline

erosion

waterfront

northern coast

northern oceanfront

Large part of the Isleta’s coastline (18%), comprising most of the north shore, is under serious threat of coastline erosion due to the wave action of the ocean. Municipality of San Juan

Of the 7.5 miles of coastline, only 30% is accessible to the public.

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puerto rican

social

culture

diversity

plaza de las monjas

la perla neighborhood

Among the Isleta’s greatest assets are its people, its culture, and its cuisine. The Isleta is an international tourist attraction.

The Isleta has a diverse population. The historic center, La Perla and the San Agustin provide a broad variety of vibrant communities.

touristic destination el morro field

More than 4,700 tourists visit the Isleta each day.

pedestrian

scale

Amidst its various challenges and issues, the Isleta presents an abundance of assets and opportunities that if capitalized upon, can define it as a memorable iconic destination. The Isleta can become a prototype city in the Caribbean which will incite a comprehensive transformative process throughout San Juan, transforming Puerto Rico as a whole. Beside vast underutilized spaces and pockets of decay which provide the

opportunity for redevelopment and change, the Isleta presents a wealth of assets. Its vibrant culture, breathtaking views, rich historic heritage, memorable open spaces and diversity are just a few of the many qualities that can redefine it in the 21st century. The Isleta must harness its various assets, and weave them into a comprehensive seamless whole, forging a future that welcomes change while honoring its past.

calle de la Capilla

The Isleta offers a remarkable walking experience given its dimensions, diverse landscapes, and iconic landmarks.

topography and

energy efficient

overlooking Puntilla

san juan aerial

views

The Isleta’s topography provides an abundance of views, noteworthy not only for their scope and visual impact, but for their diversity.

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climate

The geography of the Isleta is conductive to a host of alternative energy strategies, potentially establishing it as a prototype in sustainability. Municipality of San Juan

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historic

stunning

heritage

waterfront

san cristóbal castle

northern oceanfront

As the first planned city in the Americas, Old San Juan is a city of international relevance.

The Isleta presents a stunning waterfront along the Atlantic Ocean to the north, San Juan Bay to the southwest, and Canal San Antonio to the southeast.

memorable

open spaces

assets & opportunities synthesis

la princesa promenade

La Princesa promenade, Escambrón and Muñoz Rivera Parks, and the linear park along the Capitolio are three of the Isleta’s most majestic open spaces.

building

decay san agustin

The abundance of building decay in the Isleta attests to the potential of new developments.

underutilized

pockets of

waterfront

vacancy

surface parking lot

san agustin

One of the Isleta’s greatest assets, its stunning waterfront, is largely untapped; for example, the areas along the southern harbor front are vastly underutilized. Municipality of San Juan

The pockets of vacancy throughout the Isleta facilitate new development that may reconfigure its built environment.

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strategic actions

establishing the framework

10 strategic actions

Mayor Santin’s vision for the Isleta requires an extensive transformative process based on ten strategic actions. These actions are the bedrock of a holistic and sustainable transformation that will ensure the Isleta’s long term prosperity. The proposed initiatives are to:

1. Introduce an integrated public transit system that includes a light rail system, park and ride facilities, water taxis and a shuttle/bus feeder system that reduces vehicular congestion and provides a comprehensive, seamless transportation network 2. Implement a state-of-the-art public realm that creates a memorable pedestrian experience and establishes strong north-south and east-west connections 3. Establish a pedestrian waterfront loop around the entire perimeter of the Isleta, that fosters a continuous yet diversified waterfront experience for pedestrians, cyclists and joggers

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4. Pedestrianize Old San Juan, the city’s historic center, strategically restricting vehicular access and increasing livability for its residents and visitors 5. Revitalize the rundown neighborhoods of La Perla and San Agustin, and reintegrate them socially and economically 6. Protect the Isleta from erosion and sea level rise by building additional protective coastal reefs, storm surge barriers and public buffer zones 7. Protect and celebrate the Isleta’s cultural and historic assets by maintaining and connecting them, paying homage to the city’s past while celebrating its future

8. Develop and integrate the north and south waterfronts by creating sustainable mixed-use tourist developments along both waterfronts, and connecting them with green corridors 9. Diversify and repopulate Isleta by fostering vibrant heterogeneous communities

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10. Expand and diversify the Isleta’s tourist assets, establishing it as a competitive, world class destination, branding its uniqueness and marketing its richness

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Municipality of San Juan

ISLETA OF SAN JUAN - THE WALKABLE CITY • JULY 2010 Encourage alternate means of transportation such as

Introduce state-of-the-art

water taxis

light-rail transit Atlantic Ocean

Capitolio Station

Historic Center Old San Juan Terminus

San Agustin West Station

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The Isleta’s current transportation system is dependent on automobiles. Characterized by extensive traffic congestion and high speed vehicular corridors, the Isleta is largely disconnected. The existing public transit system, based on buses and shuttles, leaves over 30% of the Isleta underserved. With the lack of crosswalks, adequate sidewalks and an inviting public realm pedestrians are faced by a grid of obstacles and challenges. The development of an integrated public transit network is crucial to the Isleta’s transformation. Implemented, it will create a well-connected, inviting destination that caters to tourists and residents alike. Central

Municipality of San Juan

park and ride facilities

to rail transit

outside the Isleta to reduce vehicular traffic and parking

introduce an integrated public transit system an important role in integrating the neighborhoods in the Isleta.

to the Isleta’s new transit system are the implementation of: •

a light-rail system that connects the Old San Juan terminus at the edge of the historic center to the mainland. Similar state-of-the-art light-rail systems have been implemented in various cities, including Portland, Oregon, and Dallas, Texas. a feeder system of buses and shuttles, which complements the central light-rail system and services all of the Isleta. As happens in many metropolis, such as London, these vehicles, running on alternative or hybrid fuels, play

a water transportation such as water taxis or commuter ferries. These are used in many touristic waterfront cities where they play an essential part in catering to both the tourists and residents.

extensive park and ride facilities located on the mainland, which will make the transition from vehicular to public transit a seamless and convenient one

The implementation of these initiatives are the foundation of the Isleta of the 21st century.

Top Left: Hybrid Bus, London, UK (www.eco-lifestyle.co.uk) Top Right: Water Taxi, New York, NY (www.acsu.buffalo.edu) Bottom Right: Light-rail Transit in Portland, OR Opposite:The image depicts the proposed transformation of the Calle Del Tren into a lightrail transit street as the socio-economic spine of the Isleta.

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Municipality of San Juan

ISLETA OF SAN JUAN - THE WALKABLE CITY • JULY 2010 Create a memorable

Establish strong north-south

waterfront loop

Consolidate and improve existing

green connectors

along the entire waterfront

parks and open spaces

connecting the waterfronts

Landscaped

Urban Street

Atlantic Ocean Landscaped

El Morro Field

Gateway to the

Urban Boulevard

Historic Center

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Gateway to the

San Juan Bay

Historic Center

iconic landmarks

green corridors

along the waterfront

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Canal San Antonio

Consolidate the east-west connections, making them defined

Implement

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Establish

memorable gateways marking the arrival to the Isleta

introduce a state-of-the-art public realm

The Isleta is currently plagued by the lack of connectivity among its various neighborhoods.

landscaped urban streets and boulevards that connect the north and south waterfronts

Cities throughout the world have addressed this issue in very successful ways. The striking boulevards of Genoa, Italy and the well known Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, for example, seek to address this issue.

iconic landmarks along the waterfronts that anchor the north-south connections

landscaped east-west corridors

memorable gateways that enhance the entrance to the Isleta and the historic center

A restructured public realm will ultimately consolidate the Isleta and establishes it as one memorable, connected, and inviting Caribbean city.

improvements to, and greater connectivity between, the existing parks and open spaces

It is vital that the Isleta introduce a stateof-the-art public realm that is inviting to pedestrians and establishes memorable and efficient connections. Recommendations for improving the public realm include implementing: Municipality of San Juan

a continuous waterfront loop that celebrates the Isleta’s diverse edge conditions

Opposite: The image illustrates the proposed transformation along Calle Norzagaray into a pedestrian promenade overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with iconic and educational landmarks along the historic wall.

Top - Ramblas: Barcelona, Spain (www.flickr.com) Bottom - Genoa, Italy (Genova in volo, Roberto Merlo)

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Municipality of San Juan

ISLETA OF SAN JUAN - THE WALKABLE CITY • JULY 2010 Consolidate and make improvements to the existing

Create a new

oceanfront promenade

fort wall promenade

integrating La Perla

Expand and create an accessible beach area and a

boardwalk promenade

Enhance existing

park promenade

and build new connections

Atlantic Ocean

Ocean View

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Capitolio View

Historic Center

Bay

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Church Tower

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Enhance the existing

La Princesa promenade

and establish the Puntilla promenade

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marked by memorable plazas

View

Canal San Antonio

Condado View

Create a new public

Canal San Antonio promenade

with a strong street edge and iconic landmarks

establish a pedestrian waterfront loop

Despite the Isleta’s stunning oceanfront, extensive harbor, and diversified and memorable views from various points along the perimeter, 70% of the Isleta’s waterfront is currently inaccessible to the public. The Isleta must capitalize on its waterfront - a unique asset - which, if tapped into will revolutionize its tourism, livability and sense of identity. Examples of stunning waterfronts throughout the world are plentiful. The urban beach in Toronto, Canada and the Avenue of Star Dusk in Hong Kong are just two examples. Unique to the Isleta, however, are several dramatically different waterfront experiences within walking distance from one another. Municipality of San Juan

Create a celebratory

harbor front promenade

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Canal

A continuous waterfront loop would celebrate and integrate this diversity, creating a dynamic, inviting, and uninterrupted promenade for pedestrians, cyclists, and joggers. This loop would allow residents and tourists to: • celebrate the Isleta’s historic fortifications • get a taste of the authentic Puerto Rican culture in La Perla; • bathe in the Isleta’s inviting beach area to the north • wander through natural parks in the eastern end of the Isleta

pass through a vibrant urban life along Canal San Antonio, and the dynamic harbor front enjoy the majestic views of San Juan Bay from the Isleta’s green peninsula and the historic La Princesa Promenade, before it connects back to the historic fort walls

Top: Toronto, Canada (www.commons.wikimedia.org) Bottom: Hong Kong , China (www.hongkonghustle.com) Opposite: The perspective depicts a strong, timeless edge reclaiming the waterfront with iconic landmarks, celebratory palm trees, biking, strong built edge with retail, outdoor cafés, and landscaped roof gardens.

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Municipality of San Juan

ISLETA OF SAN JUAN - THE WALKABLE CITY • JULY 2010

pedestrianize

Utilize

streets within the historic center (with vehicular access only to service and emergency vehicles)

Establish a

courtyards

for public event and cultural activities

gateway

to the historic center at Plaza Colón

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Introduce cross-block

pedestrian linkages wherever possible

The historic center of the Isleta, the first planned city in the Americas, is today characterized by extensive traffic congestion, crowded streets and a hostile pedestrian environment. The richness of the historic center, the width of its cobblestone streets, and the details of its colonial architecture can only be truly appreciated from a pedestrian perspective. But in its current state one cannot fully appreciate the unique character of the place. The historic center of Old San Juan must follow the examples of other historic cities such as Dubrovnik, Croatia and Curitiba, Brazil, and become a pedestrianized city center. This drastic measure will intensify Municipality of San Juan

Beautify and make all

Establish an outer

plazas

vehicular loop

and semi-public areas accessible

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pedestrianize old san juan

the touristic experience, greatly improve the livability of the neighborhood and pay homage to the Isleta’s historic heritage. The pedestrianized historic center features: • an outer vehicular loop located near the historic center’s new gateway at Plaza Colón. • public transit shuttles for residents and tourists • vehicular access restricted to service and emergency vehicles • improvements in the pedestrian realm including updated sidewalks and lighting, and beautified plazas and open spaces • events and cultural activities within the existing courtyards

The pedestrianization of Old San Juan will transform one of America’s great historic cities into an inviting, walkable, urban environment that promotes the historic and cultural richness of the Isleta of San Juan. Top:

Curitiba, Brazil (www.flickr.com)

Bottom: Dubrovnik, Croatia (www.portpromotions.com) Opposite: The image highlights the proposed transformation of Calle Fortaleza from a congested vehicular retail street into a repaved pedestrian street with reinforced retail and preserved and upgraded historic buildings with green rooftops.

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Municipality of San Juan

ISLETA OF SAN JUAN - THE WALKABLE CITY • JULY 2010 Maintain

Integrate and

current residents

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in their neighborhoods

the neighborhood population

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La Perla

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integrating it to the historic center

modernize the buildings improve the infrastructure beautify and landscape

Revitalize

San Agustin integrating it to the waterfronts

improve visual and physical connections to the waterfronts redevelop the neighborhood with denser

developments spine

develop Calle del Tren as the neighborhood

revitalize rundown neighborhoods

Today, more than 50% of the buildings in the Isleta are residential, and houses 7,963 residents. But less than a century ago, more than 30,000 people called the Isleta their home. With the exodus in the mid 20th century and the growth of the touristic industry, the Isleta has lost much of its residential character. The residential neighborhoods of La Perla and San Agustin in particular, are ripe for infrastructure and public realm improvements that will set them on a new and more prosperous path. The Isleta must undergo a holistic transformation, and must view its diverse residential communities as assets to its economic growth. It is vital to break the divide Municipality of San Juan

between the touristic and residential Isleta, and foster a mutually beneficial relationship. To accomplish this the Isleta must follow in the footsteps of other cities which build socially diverse, mixed-use, environmentally responsive neighborhoods which are integrated with the city fabric. Cities successful in such endeavors include Dubai, UAE and Vancouver, Canada. In revitalizing the Isleta’s neighborhoods it is important to: • maintain its current residents and welcome new residents, fostering strong, vibrant communities throughout the Isleta

integrate La Perla into the historic center by: ○○ modernizing its buildings ○○ improving its infrastructure ○○ beautifying its landscape assimilate La Perla socially and economically as a touristic attraction that offers visitors a taste of the local culture revitalize San Agustin, which due to its central location plays a critical role in integrating the north and south waterfronts, by: ○○ improving the visual and physical connections between waterfronts

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building new developments that allow for a dense, vibrant mixeduse community • develop the light-rail transit along Calle del Tren as a neighborhood spine, key to creating a cohesive neighborhood. The revitalization of these neighborhoods is as critical to the redevelopment as the protection of the coast or the pedestrianization of Old San Juan. Top: Dubai, UAE Left: Vancouver, Canada

Opposite: The aerial view of La Perla highlights the overall transformation of the run-down, neglected, and isolated neighborhood into a socially and economically integrated, vibrant community.

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coastal edge

Introduce additional

Expand

protective coastal reefs

beach area

to protect the coastline from further erosion

and make it accessible

Atlantic Ocean

Canal San Antonio

San Juan Bay

Condado Lagoon

Introduce potential

storm surge barriers

to protect the south coast from sea level rise

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that value and give access to the oceanfront

Introduce public

buffer zone/promenade

which allows for future protective measures against sea level rise

protect coastline

from erosion and sea level rise

Global climate change, and consequently the rise in sea level, affect the whole planet; the Isleta is no exception. Located in the hurricane prone area of the Caribbean, the Isleta’s coastline is under serious threat. This is already evident in the extensive erosion of its northern oceanfront. A protected coastline is essential to the Isleta’s survival. It must follow the steps that other coastal cities such as Miami, Florida and Norfolk, England have taken, and set a precedent in the Caribbean. The Isleta’s protected coastline features:

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Create

promenades

protective coastal reefs that will limit erosion along the northern coastline

an expanded beach area, rebuilt coastal edge, and new promenades that provide access to the oceanfront

storm surge barriers along the northeastern and northwestern ends of the Isleta that protect it from sea level rise

wide promenades along the southern waterfront which provide flexibility for the addition of protective measures in the future

If the Isleta is to survive and flourish in this century of environmental changes, it is pivotal that it realign itself with the natural environment, protect itself from the impending changes and mitigate future environmental shifts.

Top: Miami, Florida (www.coastalsystemsint.com) Bottom: Sea Palling, Norfolk, England (www.sos.bangor.ac.uk) Opposite: The image showcases the overall transformation of the northern oceanfront into a well connected urban edge on the upper level and an accessible ecological setting on the lower level.

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Selectively

Prepare new

Develop

demolish

signage

educational

and promotional material

obsolete fabric

and information systems

El Morro Fort

Atlantic Ocean

National Museum

San Cristóbal Castle

Capitolio

El Polvorín de San Gerónimo

Historic Fortification

Fort Escambrón

Historic Fortification San Gerónimo Fort

La Fortaleza

Antiguo Casino

San Juan Bay

El Arsenal de la Marina

restore and preserve structures with heritage value

Condado Lagoon

consolidate and beautify

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Maintaining a place with as much historic heritage and worldwide relevance as the Isleta is both a great honor and great responsibility. The fuel of the Isleta’s touristic economy, its historic sites are largely disconnected, and though the ones within the historic center are in noticeably better condition, other sites are poorly maintained and signalized, and oftentimes inaccessible.

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Canal San Antonio

Tapia Theater

the civic district

link all historic places making them easily accessible

protect and celebrate cultural and historic assets

It is vital that the Isleta follow the precedents established by cities such as Dubrivnik, Croatia or Venice, Italy and protect, promote, and celebrate its cultural and historic assets. Doing so entails more than maintaining the Isleta’s historic sites, it also includes: •

the development of educational and promotional material on the Isleta’s history, making the touristic experience an educational one

the preparation of new signage and information systems, that draw tourists to all of the Isleta’s rich historic assets

the improvement of connectivity and accessibility between the historic sites

the consolidation and beautification of the civic district

the restoration and preservation of structures with historic value

the selective demolition of obsolete fabric.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia (www.flickr.com) Bottom: Venice, Italy (www.flickr.com)

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Create accessible

Introduce

landscaped urban streets

beach area

protective reefs

facilitating north-south connections

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Canal San Antonio Condado Lagoon

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Create diversified mixed-use

hotels and tourism facilities

waterfront developments

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along a celebratory waterfront promenade

overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

develop and integrate the north and south waterfronts

The Isleta features a stunning and diversified waterfront that makes it unique among coastal cities. Nevertheless, 70% of the Isleta’s coastline is currently inaccessible to the public and the largest stretch of vacant land is concentrated along the Canal San Antonio harbor front.

Croatia. The Isleta can easily compete in this world arena with some improvements.

The Isleta currently turns its back to one of its greatest environmental and touristic assets.

diversified mixed-use developments along a celebratory promenade by Canal San Antonio

hotels and tourism facilities overlooking the Atlantic ocean

an accessible beach area protected by coastal reefs along the northern coast

landscaped urban streets connect the north and waterfronts

The Isleta must redevelop and integrate its waterfronts, and it must create a timeless waterfront edge. Examples of memorable waterfront spaces are abundant, for example in Reggio Calabria, Italy and Split,

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Initiatives proposed along the Isleta’s waterfront include:

which south

The eastern side of the Isleta must become more than the expansion of the historic center, but a vibrant, connected community and tourist destination in its own right.

Top:

Reggio Calabria, Italy (www.panoramio.com) Bottom: Reggio Calabria, Italy (www.flickr.com)

Opposite: The aerial image illustrates the proposed transformation of the Canal San Antonio waterfront with a strong built edge along a vibrant and active public promenade. It also highlights, in the background, a rebuilt city fabric connecting the northern and the southern waterfronts through strong urban boulevards.

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Restore and improve the

La Perla neighborhood

Redevelop

Restructure and improve existing

sites with tourism and hospitality facilities

and other facilities

Northern Oceanfront

Historic Center

and increase livability for its residents

Hotels

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520

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2,820

New Residents

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New Residents

2,650

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200

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New Residents

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New Residents

San Juan Bay

Canal San Antonio Condado Lagoon

Redevelop

Consolidate and redevelop

La Puntilla

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sites

Redevelop

San Agustin neighborhood

Redevelop waterfront along

Canal San Antonio with dense mixed-use development

diversify and repopulate the Isleta

The 7,963 residents currently living in the Isleta represent a mere 25% of its population in the 1930s. It is critical to reverse this trend and repopulate the Isleta by fostering vibrant, heterogeneous communities. This challenge demands a holistic approach that transforms the Isleta into an inviting place for a diverse range of residents and tourists. It is therefore essential to: •

revitalize La Perla neighborhood

restore and improve the historic center and increase livability for its residents

redevelop the northern oceanfront sites with tourism and hospitality facilities

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Harbor Front

restructure and improve existing hotels and other facilities

redevelop La Puntilla district with civic and residential uses

consolidate and redevelop the harbor front sites

redevelop the neighborhood

redevelop the waterfront along Canal San Antonio with dense mixed-use development

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Agustin

These unique and vibrant communities will set an important social precedent and contribute to making the Isleta a primary destination in the Caribbean.

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Helsingborg, Sweden (Architectural review.02/2000) Bottom: South End, Boston (www.flickr.com) Opposite: The image showcases the strong green visual, pedestrian, and vehicular connections between the north and south waterfronts of the Isleta.

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a historic destination of worldwide relevance

a stunning

a dynamic

ecological destination

urban destination

Atlantic Ocean

San Juan Bay

Canal San Antonio Condado Lagoon

a vibrant

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local destination

civic destination

expand and diversify the Isleta’s touristic assets

Every day, an average of 3,500 tourists visit the Isleta on cruise ships, and 1,200 stay at hotels. However, visitors usually come to see only 20% of the Isleta: its historic center. The Isleta’s touristic industry today capitalizes almost exclusively on its historic heritage.

The Isleta is comprised of an abundance of very different assets that render it a competitive destination in the variety and quality of its touristic attractions. It must become more than a historic destination of worldwide relevance, but also: •

a stunning environmental destination

Despite its great historical relevance, the Isleta of San Juan has much more to offer.

a dynamic urban destination

a vibrant international destination

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an authentic

a monumental

international destination

a monumental civic destination

an authentic local destination

Each of these aspects, though intrinsic to the Isleta, must be celebrated and nurtured. Key moves within each of these realms are necessary in making the entire Isleta a continuous, vibrant touristic experience.

Top: Water Taxi, Boston (www.decentcommunity.com) Bottom: South Beach, Miami (www.tropical-adventure.com) Opposite: Upper level promenade: The image shows one of the iconic landmark buildings being transformed into a hotel with a vibrant retail edge, shaded porticos, pedestrian crossings with access to the lower waterfront promenade and beach area, and the preserved vegetation between the two levels.

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delineating the plan

2030

a strategic plan for the walkable city Envisioning a future for the Isleta of San Juan that highlights its rich cultural and historic heritage and enriches a new city fabric is a complex undertaking. It calls for a dramatic transformation of the decayed and disconnected areas into continuous waterfronts, repopulated neighborhoods, and excellent ecological and urban settings, while simultaneously consolidating and improving the existing important landmarks and open spaces, and upgrading and rebranding the historic

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and cultural assets. The comprehensive understanding of the Isleta’s past and present conditions urged the Consultant, with the support of Mayor Santini, to establish a strong framework to guide the future of the Isleta. The new vision for the Isleta highlights numerous land and infrastructure development opportunities. The backbone of this revitalization is the introduction of a state-of-the-art transit system that includes a light-rail train and electric

bus feeder system that bring a new and convenient mobility to the Isleta while simultaneously eliminating the suffocating traffic congestion. Combined with the pedestrianization of the historic center, the improved connectivity and establishment of major boulevards and pedestrian connections, the Isleta will become memorable for its rich culture, historic relevance, and its unique and stimulating environment.

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Historic preservation and restoration within the

Historic Center

Modernization and integration of

La Perla Neighborhood

Consolidation and beautification of the

Selective redevelopment along the

Consolidation and improvement of

Civic District

Northern Oceanfront

Escambrón and Luis Muñoz Rivera

Existing Parks

Atlantic Ocean San Felipe del Morro Castle

San Cristobal Castle

Capitolio building

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New Gateway Development at Intersection - 5

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The overall image of the Isleta portrays its full development potential by 2030. It illustrates the rebuilt city fabric, the strong connections between the north and south waterfronts, the accessible beach area in the north protected by coastal reef barriers, the continuous pedestrian waterfront loop and the Isleta’s celebrated historic heritage.

the walkable city in numbers Given the strategic initiatives mentioned, the aggregate potential development of the Isleta introduces 15,455,500 sf of new development. This includes 9,100 new residential units housing approximately 14,800 new residents with a density of 39 persons/acre; 2,199,800 sf of hotel uses; 500,000 sf of retail uses; and 1,864,700 sf of office space. In addition, the plan proposes 7.5 miles of new waterfront promenade, 1.1 miles of new accessible beach, 6.4 miles of new streets, 2 miles of protective coastal reefs, 20.5 miles of landscaped green networks, and 2.1 miles of the Tren Satour

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138.1 acres 2,199,808 sf 467,858 sf 1,864,711 sf 9,100 units 14,800 residents

light-rail alignment throughout the Isleta. The achievement of this transformation by 2030 will require a holistic approach that weaves and implements all ten strategic initiatives together. Thus, if the plan is realized to its full potential, the total population of the Isleta in 2030 will reach approximately 24,250, more than 3 times its current total; hotel units will increase by 2,014 to a total of 3,150 units; and vegetation coverage will reach 208 acres, almost double the current coverage.

New waterfront promenade New accessible beach New streets Protective Costal Reefs Green Network Tren Satour Alignment

7.5 miles 1.1 miles 6.4 miles 2.0 miles 20.5 miles 2.1 miles Municipality of San Juan

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miles of accessible waterfront in 2030 [2.3 miles today]

208

acres of vegetated space in 2030 [112 acres today]

3,149

hotel units in 2030 [1,316 units today]

24,263 residents in 2030 [7,963 residents today]

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implementing the vision

20 year phasing plan

The success of this plan will greatly depend on the implementation of key infrastructure developments and on the availability of funding. The following is an aggressive and positive conceptual phasing scenario for the entire Isleta, subject to the availability of funding opportunities and government incentives. Five phases are proposed that span a period of 20 years in which the redevelopment of the Isleta would be completed in full. The phases often overlap as they define the transformative steps to implement the plan in its entirety. The sequential implementation of each phase will guide an incremental implementation process where each new phase builds on the accomplishments of and reinforces the previous one.

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Phase 1, which encompasses the first three to four years, includes the following: • implementation of a comprehensive public transit system • provision of protective coastal reefs • redevelopment the gateway to the Isleta • development of the Convention Center intermodal hub Phase 2, which covers the next four to five years, includes strategic interventions in specific areas throughout the Isleta, which, with the implementation of the infrastructure of phase one, will be ripe for redevelopment. This phase includes: • the celebration of the core of the historic center • the development of transit oriented development nodes around the Tren Satour stations • the redevelopment of the Luis Muñoz Rivera park • the development of western end of the Canal San Antonio waterfront • the start of the planning process for La Perla neighborhood

Phase 3, spanning an additional four years, includes the redevelopment of: • the western part of the historic center • the harbor front area around the last light-rail station, the Old San Juan Terminus • the parts of the San Agustin neighborhood that are not immediately adjacent to the train stations • the northern oceanfront and expanded beach area • the northern end of Escambrón park • parts of Canal San Antonio waterfront.

Phase 5, spanning the final four years, concludes the transformation of the study area by targeting: • the southern tip of La Puntilla • the last part of the Canal San Antonio waterfront • Escambrón park and the adjacent hotel hub It is critical for this phasing plan to adapt to changes in funding conditions and availability. The successful implementation of this plan hinges largely on its flexibility and strong leadership.

Phase 4, approximately 12 to 16 years out, covers areas adjacent to those developed in the previous phase, namely: • the forts in the historic center • the northern part of La Puntilla • the Capitolio district • the remainder of the northern oceanfront • a gateway development by Escambrón park • the center of the Canal San Antonio waterfront Municipality of San Juan

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first steps

implementing the vision

immediate actions

To meet the financial and management challenges intrinsic to the development of the plan and to ensure the successful implementation of the suggested phases of development, it is vital that the municipality strategically determine the first steps of the implementation process. To achieve the greatest momentum it is critical that the municipality identifies three to five key parts of broader projects for immediate development. These initiatives will result in significant changes in the Isleta and will serve as a catalyst for further developments. Among key candidates for an immediate start are the following initiatives, illustrated in the following pages:

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1. the development of the Old San Juan Terminus of the Tren Satour 2. the construction of the infrastructure for the Tren Satour, following the finalization of the light-rail alignment and the completion of the environmental process. The Tren Satour can be implemented in two phases: •

Phase 1 extends from Old San Juan to the Convention Center district

•

Phase 2 connects the Convention Center district to Sagrado CorazĂłn

3. the construction of a new bridge for the Tren Satour alignment at Intersection-5 4. the transformation of the existing vehicular ramps at Intersection-5 to at-grade boulevards 5. the construction of park and ride facilities to the south of Intersection-5 6. the construction of park and ride facilities in the Convention Center district 7. the development of the intermodal center at the Convention Center district

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Top: View along the existing harbor front promenade.

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Opposite: The aerial image of the harbor front illustrates the new vision for the area including the consolidated new development, strong, pedestrian connection between plaza Col贸n and the waterfront established by the promenade and a decked plaza, and a continuous landscaped waterfront promenade with iconic landmarks and a vibrant built edge.

development of the

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The image depicts the proposed transformation of the underutilized surface parking lot into a public and an accessible raised plaza with cafĂŠs, bars, and shaded sitting areas.

The image highlights the raised plaza and shaded sitting area in front of the cafĂŠs and bars overlooking the San Juan Bay.

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The image provides a view of the promenade connecting Plaza Colรณn to the waterfront looking north. It highlights the promenade with a linear water fountain and the decked plaza above the Old San Juan terminus of the Tren Satour light-rail.

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Top: Existing conditions at Calle del Tren, with difficult pedestrian crossing and a poor pedestrian realm

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Opposite: The image proposed transformation of Tren into a light-rail transit socio-economic spine of neighborhood.

depicts the the Calle Del street as the San Agustin

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construction of the new

bridge for the Tren Satour

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Top: Existing conditions at Intersection-5 showcasing a vehicular dominated environment with poor pedestrian realm.

Opposite: The aerial image of the proposed Intersection-5 showcases the transformation of an area, currently characterized by a poor pedestrian environment and traffic congestion, into a memorable and iconic gateway to the Isleta. It highlights the proposed Tren Satour lightrail transit alignment on the new bridge connecting to Calle Del Tren in the Isleta, a pedestrian-friendly environment with landscaped parks, and celebratory iconic landmarks.

transformation of the existing ramps to

at-grade boulevards at Intersection-5

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Top: Aerial view at Intersection-5 looking south

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Opposite: The aerial image shows the raised plaza and park and ride facilities at the southern end of intersection-5. It illustrates the light-rail station and new development around the station area. The image also depicts the beautifully landscaped waterfront park.

construction of the

park and ride facilities at Intersection-5

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Opposite: The aerial image of the convention center terminus area illustrates the new intermodal facility including the new park-and-ride, the light-rail station, a feeder bus terminus, and new development around the station area. The image also depicts the new extended city fabric with an accessible waterfront area that includes an aquarium, iconic landmarks and a beautifully landscaped waterfront park.

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21st century San Juan City This vision is just the beginning of a better future for San Juan. The new light-rail Tren Satour alignment will truly establish the backbone of the city extending the public transit service from Tren Urbano to the historic center. In doing so, it will transform the Isleta into a prototype for the 21st century city and will also open up a new economic engine that will foster growth in the Convention Center district.

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Mayor Jorge Santini’s leadership and enthusiasm has been fundamental in the development of this plan. His future leadership and management along with the participation of the State and other agencies will be crucial in the successful implementation of the Isleta – The Walkable City.

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