THE FORWARD-LOOKING Irvine Master Plan is an extraordinary document. It opens with these words: “What we unfold here are plans, carefully and expensively wrought plans, for a totally new city. We call it the City of Irvine.”
It goes on to describe, in detail, what will make Irvine such a unique and remarkable place to live, work, go to school and raise a family.
Its words and profound vision leap off the page. Here’s why: When early Irvine Company planners decided 60 years ago to create a city around a University of California cam- pus, there was no development or infrastructure to support a city on the historic Irvine Ranch. They were proposing a fully functioning city – entirely from scratch.
In this Special Edition, we look at 10 ways this audacious plan has been, and is being, realized – resulting in the quality of life residents enjoy today.