Portions of West Cliff Drive were closed because of dangerous conditions and damage from this week's storm.
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Sunday Reads: West Cliff ‘inflection point,’ worsening Highway 1 woes and riverfront dining

Saving West Cliff: ‘If we decide not to do anything, then you will have nothing’

Nearly half of the shoreline at West Cliff is now covered with rip rap.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz citizens and neighbors are summoning new energy and vision to “Save West Cliff.” The iconic 2.7-mile promenade that presents stunning, unimpeded views of the ocean has meant so much to so many for so long. With climate change now accelerating its challenges, citizens and the city now also step up their work and advocacy. Next up: a Feb. 13 “community conversation” about West Cliff Drive. Read Wallace Baine’s Sunday column.

AFTER THE DELUGE: Storms 2023: Road to Recovery

Highway 1 futility: Why you might soon be spending more time in traffic

Traffic on Highway 1 between Morrissey Boulevard and Soquel Avenue has not abated with the addition of an exit-only lane.
(Via Rick Longinotti)

Activist Rick Longinotti warns Highway 1 commuters about two county projects he believes will make traffic around Santa Cruz worse: the exit-only lane from Soquel Drive to 41st Avenue and a proposal for a Kaiser Permanente medical complex in Live Oak. The first will cause congestion and won’t bring improvement, he writes, while the second is misplaced and would “call for a 730-space parking structure, 50% larger than the current largest garage in the county.” Kaiser, he argues, should build so employees and patients have access to public transit. Read his Community Voices op-ed here.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Make your voice heard and read what Santa Cruzans are saying about local issues

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Paseos to the future? New Santa Cruz Riverwalk could open up 10 new restaurant spaces — four on the river

A rendering of the 530 Front Street project at Soquel Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz.
(Via City of Santa Cruz)

It might take 10 years, but the changing face of downtown Santa Cruz could offer the kind of vibrant community spaces for recreation, tourism and nightlife that have marked successful riverwalk projects in cities such as San Antonio, Austin, Chicago and Detroit. Lily Belli maps it out.

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