May 2013

Douglas Wilson’s perspective on “placemaking” in San Diego was featured in The Daily Transcript. The recent article, titled, “Experts: A facility can change a place,” focused on remarks made during a  panel discussion at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Spring Meeting:

San Diego wouldn’t be what it is today without the University of California, San Diego.

That was the consensus of a panel at a recent ULI Spring Meeting session where the participants discussed the “DNA of Place: How Cities Evolve and Reinvent Themselves.”

“The university has changed San Diego remarkably. It’s the biggest thing that’s happened in San Diego. Out of it has spun Qualcomm and other tech firms. San Diego is now one of the leaders of life sciences in the country,” said Mark Steele, president of MW Steele Group Inc. “It has become an entirely different city because of UCSD. … It’s an indication of how a facility can change a place. It changed everything about San Diego.”

The university is integrated into the business community, said Douglas Wilson, chairman and CEO of Douglas Wilson Companies.

Other catalysts to “create place” in San Diego include Lindbergh Field, public markets, the downtown library, East Village, recreation and craft beer.

Click here to read the full article on The Daily Transcript’s website.