Vallejo is a city that was once politically as well as economically dominant, but has ended up with drastic administrative deficits and significant decline in the employment sector. As a result, Downtown Vallejo was in danger of becoming a ghost city much like Detroit.
The waterfront is mostly landfill, while most of Downtown is situated on a rolling terrain rising up to 65’ at one point. A little bit of historical analysis revealed the large scale disruptions and ruptures that have taken place in the city’s core.
My strategy for redevelopment was centered around a 4-phase growth plan. I believe Vallejo cannot handle large scale simultaneous development, or perhaps it is the other way around. In any case, strategies had to be laid out, perhaps over five-year intervals for the revival of Downtown. These strategies were - 1. Agriculture and Meat produce of Sonoma County. 2. Cheap, lucrative housing in Vallejo 3. Architectural heritage and character. 4. Art and Entertainment as represented through historical landmarks as the Empress Theatre. 5. Good connectivity to San Francisco through the Ferry, along with an efficient Bus Transit System. 6. Located across Mare Island, that has the potential of becoming a huge employment generator through the strategic introduction of Industry
Status: School Project
Location: Vallejo, CA, US