Smart Living Feature Week - Monday : North County Inland

With San Diego's population booming, the theory of "smart growth" is being talked about with increased frequency. Here the Daily Transcript explores how elements of smart growth are being used throughout the county, reviews the "City of Villages" strategic plan and finds out how smart growth is financed in specific cases. A look at these topics and more is examined by area of the county:

  • Aerial view of San Marcos, March 3, 2002

  • Smart growth Mercado has historical roots

    Around town he is respectfully and affectionately known as Mr. Estrada.

  • San Elijo Hills' village design translates into smart planning

    San Elijo Hills, a complete community in San Marcos with a coastal orientation, has reclaimed a number of town planning principles from the 1920s and 1930s, when communities were built with the needs of pedestrians at the forefront.

  • Smart building takes advantage of trolley access

    The Gateway, a Class A office building currently under construction at the San Marcos Civic Center, is designed to take advantage of the proposed NCTD Oceanside-to-Escondido trolley line.

  • Paseo Del Oro demonstrates smart growth through affordable housing

    Construction is nearing completion on the city of San Marcos' newest affordable housing project that combines both affordable housing and retail space as part of the city's smart-growth master plan. Paseo del Oro provides 120 units of affordable/market-rate housing units and 23,000 square feet of retail space.

  • Campus marketplace: Smart-growth retailing

    Accommodating the needs of a burgeoning state university and a growing community was the challenge in the development of San Marcos' newest community shopping center, Campus Marketplace.

  • San Marcos Demographics 2002

    Total population 60,795

  • San Marcos Creek -- Smart growth to an old creek

    Another strategic area of the city being targeted for economic development opportunities is the San Marcos Creek area southwest of state Route 78 and south of San Marcos Boulevard. This area encompasses approximately 260 acres and includes a major portion of San Marcos Creek within the southern portion of the study area.

  • Heart of the city - heart of smart growth

    The "Heart of the City" is the geographical center of San Marcos, encompassing more than 1,500 acres north and south of state Route 78. Although the Specific Plan for this area was approved in the early 1990s, the plan embodies today's "smart-growth" principles.