Upland forming downtown plan

Upland forming downtown plan

There are 10 comments on the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story from Jul 25, 2010, titled Upland forming downtown plan. In it, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that:

Residents can soon envision a booming downtown with more homes and shopping opportunities.

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why not local

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Jul 26, 2010
Amazing... the City of Upland officials select a firm from outside not only their own city, but the county as well. Why not hire local?
Business Owner

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#2 Jul 26, 2010
Here is how good this plan is.... I own a business in the heart of Downtown Upland and this is the first I have heard of this. There has been some rumblings about town about something going on, but one would think this company or the city would talk to existing long time business owners. I have talked to no one!
RAE

Anaheim, CA

#3 Jul 26, 2010
why not local wrote:
Amazing... the City of Upland officials select a firm from outside not only their own city, but the county as well. Why not hire local?
Is this a joke? With the whole scandal still up in air, if I was a city official, I would be looking outside the city for every service provided by contractors. The last thing I would want is more accusations of the scratch my back and I'll scratch yours mentality. Besides, name one company in Upland, other than Lewis, that could put such a plan together?
RAE

Anaheim, CA

#4 Jul 26, 2010
Great, what better way to lose the small town, hometown, downtown of Upland, let's develop it! Let's crowd it with apartments, condo's, and more businesses. The last time I checked, a small town, hometown didn't have congestion, traffic, noise, pollution, or anything else that comes along with MORE people!

Look at La Verne's downtown, grant it, it's surrounded by the University but the overall "downtown," is quaint and appealing enough to want to take a stroll through. The same thing with San Dimas. I think the city officials of Upland have their heads so far up you know where they think Upland really is the city of "Gracious Living."

I got a suggestion, how about finish one project (the colonies) before moving onto the next!
FBI loves Mayor

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#5 Jul 26, 2010
What is the status of the FBI's investigation of Mayor?
Kim

San Diego, CA

#6 Jul 26, 2010
I like Upland the way it is.
Honest Dog

Waterloo, IA

#7 Jul 26, 2010
I spent many years in the Upland area. I agree with using an outside company to develop this project. Keep it quaint and allow Upland to keep that intimate feel. In my humble opinion, please keep JP and his cronies out of it. He is self serving and would only be detrimental in this project's success. I think Upland has had enough and I am not the only person to feel that way. Good luck, it should be great!
observer

Upland, CA

#8 Jul 26, 2010
Here we go again; another study group, more ideas that fail to address the concerns of the downtown community district. Until the city begins to recognize the downtown quadrant as a viable portion of the city, nothing will change.

One of the funniest plans from one of these "focus groups," for the downtown area, was to turn the southeast quadrant of the city into a "Beverly Hills" west, of sorts.

Interested in turning the downtown into a mixed residential/commercial zone? I can show you some great examples in "downtown" Pomona- two gigantic craters, newly surrounded by fencing. The developer walked away from the project.

Bottom line- repair the surrounding infrastructure- streets, lighting, curbs, sidewalks, etc. It's got to become safe, before you can attract visitors.

I think Claremont's red trolly is still available for purchase.
Fred

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Jul 26, 2010
RAE wrote:
<quoted text>
Is this a joke? With the whole scandal still up in air, if I was a city official, I would be looking outside the city for every service provided by contractors. The last thing I would want is more accusations of the scratch my back and I'll scratch yours mentality. Besides, name one company in Upland, other than Lewis, that could put such a plan together?
Lewis Companies is not the only firm(s) qualified to perform the SP for the City of Upland. It need not be "Upland" - this is a large county. I am not familiar with the selected firm or the contract... just curious.
RAE

Anaheim, CA

#10 Jul 27, 2010
Fred wrote:
<quoted text>
Lewis Companies is not the only firm(s) qualified to perform the SP for the City of Upland. It need not be "Upland" - this is a large county. I am not familiar with the selected firm or the contract... just curious.
The statement still stands on this one, if not the Lewis Group, then who? Diversified Pacific?

I've never heard of the named firm either but I would imagine the city had to seek them out because I doubt there was a line coming out of the civic center of local firms wanting the task. Any reputable firm would not want the association.

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