Downtown San Diego’s western waterfront (i.e. downtown’s “front porch”) is remade into a magnificent public esplanade through an estimated $228 million public infrastructure program. An alliance of five agencies (CCDC, the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, the San Diego Unified Port District and the United States Navy) with jurisdictional or ownership interest in the North Embarcadero area joined forces to create a vision for the future development of the area. The result was the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, intended to become the “showcase of the San Diego waterfront and a place for urban grandeur”, which provides an improved Broadway Pier and plaza space at the foot of Broadway, new piers and a historic wharf at County Administration Center, streetscape enhancements and improvements including lighting, paving, street trees, furniture, and public art. The design adds almost 12 acres of park and open space and calls for 7 acres of gardens, 5 acres of hardscape and landscape area and more than 1,700 trees.