Palm Desert 2025, A Conceptual Vision
by Jim Kane
- A consolidated, standalone, 4-year Cal. State Palm Desert campus sits at Cook and Frank Sinatra. The offered curriculum is designed to educate the workforce and entice business to relocate to our area.
- All technical and vocational courses not requiring a baccalaureate degree are offered through College of the Desert.
- The adjacent BlackRock developments are attracting a new generation of residents.
- A limited number of tech firms and associated freelancers have begun to discover the benefits of relocating to Palm Desert.
- The iHub Palm Desert, including the Broadband Superhighway Depot, will be operational at a location serving both campuses.
- El Paseo will be refocused so that all high-end retail and dining is consolidated in the six blocks between Hwy 74 and Larkspur. East of Larkspur has been redeveloped as a mixed-use, residential, and entertainment district.
- San Pablo Boulevard has been redeveloped as a “Melrose Avenue” area with an eclectic mix of fashion, retail, dining and entertainment.
- The older, established areas of the city continue to thrive as highly desirable residential neighborhoods without STRs.
- Palm Desert continues in its enviable role as the well-balanced, business, educational, recreational and residential center of gravity of the Coachella Valley.
– Jim Kane, 10/05/18