What has improved?

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By Greg

In about the last dozen years what in the Santa Barbara area has improved?


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SBSand Jul 11, 2022 07:33 AM
What has improved?

I've lived here my whole life, over 50 years, and the past dozen years I see a lot of downfall with the town I used to adore and be so proud to be from. What's improved? The main positive that I can think of is how so many came together to save the Meadows. Looking forward to seeing others post things here that are positive!

sfgac055 Jul 11, 2022 08:09 AM
What has improved?

Tough one. Hmmmm... OK, we have Target now. Woo hoo!

Babycakes Jul 11, 2022 08:55 AM
What has improved?

Here are some items that I would say improve SB:
- Firing up the desal plant and required infrastructure to deliver the water.
- Expediting the process for construction of ADUs, which increases the number of available units to rent/buy. (does not mean "affordable" .... just means that more people with $$$ can live here)
- Hydration stations at Shoreline and Alameda Parks.
- Converting the majority of downtown State Street to eliminate polluting vehicle traffic and making it pedestrian/bicycle friendly (have to say I don't like the racing cyclists who speed mercilessly through that area).
- Converting local hotels to house homeless to provide some dignity in their lives.
- Electing a mayor who, by all accounts, actually cares about all sectors of our city.
- Increased number of world-class bicycle paths.
- Allowing cruise ships to grace our shores and bring in badly needed jobs and money for businesses and city coffers.
- Continued development of the Funk Zone.
- Dog playground at MacKenzie Park.
- Plans for a pool at Ortega Park.
- Converting Plaza de Vera Cruz Park to a useable space.

Chip of SB Jul 11, 2022 09:29 AM
What has improved?

I think the expansion of the 101 freeway between Santa Barbara and Ventura is the greatest achievement of the past 12 years, although I must concede the city didn’t have much to do with that.

el_smurfo Jul 11, 2022 09:57 AM
What has improved?

Nearly every aspect of life has improved in my 50 years here in town. Sure, things are dramatically more expensive, but at the same time, many things are orders of magnitude cheaper than when I was a child. The air is cleaner, the water is cleaner and I wake up every day thankful to live here.

oops Jul 11, 2022 10:14 AM
What has improved?

housing, no too much approval of high density housing
traffic, no thats not better cuz of ^
crime, no that hasn't improved
shopping, yes if you like the impact of big box stores
water, no, with the approval of all the high density housing that has not improved
desal plant- city can't decide to turn it on or leave it off
Pot cultivation, SB county is #1 in the NATION - Thanks Das

MarcelK Jul 12, 2022 11:34 AM
What has improved?

Something is fundamentally wrong with people who, when asked what has improved, can only list things they think are worse.

sbdude Jul 11, 2022 10:27 AM
What has improved?

Positives: they got rid of the stoplights, widened the freeway through Goleta, built Camino Real, built the desal plant (twice!), improved sewage treatment, built and/or upgraded several bikepaths, got rid of the Summerland oil rigs, and closed State St. to cars.

Negatives: Homelessness is way, way up, downtown retail is on the ropes, the freeway still sucks through Montecito, and Jasper's is gone.

Babycakes Jul 11, 2022 11:13 AM
What has improved?

Jasper's.....OMG....would always order their sizzling mushroom appetizer platter...drenched in garlic and hand-drawn butter....so good...so delicious....so forbidden....oh, the memories we have of these places that no longer exist! What I'd give to have a Helm's bakery truck pull up, and have the driver open them double doors, then pull out that long drawer that had a squadron of choco-covered dreamy creampuffffffffs lined up with military precesion ("I"d like twelve, please!")

Ahchooo Jul 11, 2022 02:36 PM
What has improved?

I want to say that the MTD bus service improved—and it did. But then it got worse again due to Covid. Reduced ridership, reduced funds and lack of drivers has led to reduced service and discontinued lines. Maybe things will improve again.

The fancy multiuse pedestrian/bike path along Modoc and Las Positas must have cost a fortune, but it is a great infrastructure improvement that will benefit many people for decades to come.

The roundabout at Cliff Drive and Las Positas seems like a good thing.

SBSand Jul 11, 2022 07:12 PM
What has improved?

I do like the roundabout!!

Oh and Sprouts and Trader Joe's but quality of life in SB has deteriorated with such an increase in cost of loving, downtown rental rates resulting in beloved shops and restaurants closing, increasing homelessness, more frequent fires, bad water.... growing up here the city felt cleaner, safer, fun and special.

Alexblue Jul 11, 2022 03:07 PM
What has improved?

The quality and range of food is improving all the time.

goletatim Jul 11, 2022 05:17 PM
What has improved?

The quality of Beer at our local breweries

chico berkeley Jul 11, 2022 05:40 PM
What has improved?

No one here is saying anything positive about the tourist industry and how good it is to halve to live next to an VRBO ,or the floating turds that bring a bitty bit of taxes in a city that has a budget bigger than some counties.
Think about it.

Ahchooo Jul 11, 2022 09:51 PM
What has improved?

I was trying to stick with the positives. I can think of lots of things that have gotten worse, mostly having to do with increased population, here and everywhere. But I’m tryyyyying to be positive.

Ahlia Jul 12, 2022 07:15 AM
What has improved?

Native plant, animal & watershed restoration projects. Roadway improvements (bike/multi-use paths) being used everywhere. Downtown is alive again :-) Open space preservation. More fire protection services. Water preservation & conservation policies. Free music & movies & Solstice Parade (opportunites for coming together as a community) have returned. Excellent Cottage Hospital services. More low cost housing & homeless options. More volunteer opportunities. A wide range of entertainments & restaurant choices. Farmers Markets are better than ever. Our streets and beaches are kept free of litter & there is less plastic & styrofoam waste. Heal The Ocean has made our environment so much cleaner. .... I can think of SO many things ! .... A reminder that we are asked to post the "IMPROVEMENTS" :-)

Mebk Jul 12, 2022 07:35 AM
What has improved?

I have lived here on and off for 70 years. I travel many places I come back because my family is here. I have watched a steady decline in our beautiful city. Parking was easier,we don’t even bother going some places anymore due to parking.honestly the only thing that I think as improved in our town is that they haven’t messed with our harbor and breakwater. Shoreline park is still nice if you can park.this AUD ruling has ruined our neighborhoods.

SBREADER Jul 12, 2022 08:16 AM
What has improved?

Lifelong senior citizen Local: NOTHING!

MarcelK Jul 12, 2022 11:37 AM
What has improved?

That's your own decline you're talking about.

alorsenfants Jul 12, 2022 09:11 AM
What has improved?

Just so happens that today marks the eighth year anniversary of my arrival in Santa Barbara. I know, I know - - still a newcomer. That's okay; I can't express my gratitude for being able to live here --

For the most part, I don't see a lot of life-altering changes for this place during my time. Target... whatever. It doesn't seem as though the Montecito corridor on the 101 will ever get better? But I was more than elated when the Foothills Forever group succeeded in saving the San Marcos foothills land, and also very relieved when the Board of Supervisors blocked Exxon's bid to truck oil through the county day and night. We are very fortunate to have some dedicated environmental people here, and of course it shows in the area's beauty, no?

Perhaps the grumpier among us here have lived here too long -- it's helpful to change your scene from time to time...

Gimli Jul 12, 2022 10:05 AM
What has improved?

Born here in SB in 1956 at Saint Francis Hospital (closed down in June of 2003), I grew up here, went to school here and had various jobs here. SB has not become better, it has become worse. Growing up here in the late 50's throughout the 60's and a teen to the mid 70's, a young adult in the late 70's, SB was much better. For one, downtown State St. had a lot of retail stores, and SB residents did a lot of shopping on State St. Now, many those commercial buildings are empty. Even though rents and property was much cheaper, and wages were low, but the people here during those years were able to make a living (working and middle class), and plenty of employment due to the fact there was many industrial manufacturing companies out in Goleta that some of those companies had over 200 employees. Those companies shut down, and just a few are out in Goleta, maybe with less than 100 employees. Raytheon is the big one. So those who are employed have two to three jobs to make ends meet, rents are nearly in the $3,000 range minimum and of course much higher, and to purchase a home here is over a 1 mil even in the old working class neighborhoods, which I grew up in. Many people are moving away from SB and up and down of all of California because they just cannot afford to live here. Many Californians are even moving to other countries, but that is putting a damper to those who were born and live there.

MarcelK Jul 12, 2022 11:38 AM
What has improved?

It would be a better place if all the people who don't understand the question were to leave.

a-1657883057 Jul 15, 2022 04:04 AM
What has improved?

Bakeries have improved and there’s a bigger selection of breads available.

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