This was a plan for which City officials and a 60 member Davis Core Area Advisory Committee had contracted many months ago. They were receiving what they asked for.
Daunting in its scale and complexity, the plan was nonetheless widely and positively received with upbeat sentiments and the document itself exudes “can do” optimism.
While it was not adopted wholesale into a Davis general plan or zoning ordinance, large parts were incorporated and implemented and it framed the way Davis people thought about Downtown planning for the next decade or so. Not least, these gentlemen introduced the term and the concept “core area,” a shift in Davis’ cognitive map that continues to frame thinking about the “downtown.”
Be the longer term reception aspects as they may, the features of this document that fascinate me include the very fact it was created and that it was embraced and thought, in its time, to be a wonderful thing. Its place in Davis life of that time exudes audacity with just a hint of exuberance. It was a moment when people still believed that bold and positive development visions were worthwhile and could be carried out.
We do not see this kind of “go get ‘em, we can do it” attitude in city affairs much anymore and so I thought it might be at least a little refreshing to remind ourselves that such a mindset could at least exist. So reminded, perhaps people can be emboldened to think it could happen again.