I was driving down Pacific Coast Highway a couple of weeks ago on my way home from a Wilson High School Class of 1978 reunion planning meeting (you can do the math on the number of years) when I had something of a déjà vu experience. I was looking at the Marina Pacifica Shopping Center, the Golden Sails Hotel, the wetlands, the Marketplace and Second and PCH and I realize nothing has really changed since 1977 when I was entering my senior year at Wilson.
Houlihan’s has been replaced by a much nicer Tantalum, Buffum’s is now Nordstrom Rack and Best Buy and Ulta replaced the Miller’s Outpost store while our beloved Cookie Munchers Paradise is now our beloved Barns & Noble. The once regal Edgewater Hyatt House at Second & PCH is a boarded-up eyesore. Many of the names have changed, but the footprint and land uses remain the same.
Long Beach is a beautiful city we all love and cherish. But the reality is that along this stretch of PCH, we have turned our back (literally) on two of our best natural assets — the waterfront and the wetlands. Seas of asphalt and building masses have become more of a focal point in our community than these beautiful resources.
We talk about the eastside community as having so much potential. That we under utilize our waterfront, things could be so great if we could just update some of our old developments.
Well, that opportunity is finally upon us after more than four years of planning and public involvement the new South-East Area Specific Plan (SEASP) has been completed and will go before the…
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