“The border only represents a pause in a person’s life. It’s time for it to become a welcoming place that can meet the demands of national security, while recognizing that these are places where people live, work and play.”
The host of David Flores’ Rose Fellowship, Casa Familiar, serves the historic community caught between downtown San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. During his fellowship, David was able to help the agency become a foundation for growth, as well as an instrument of understanding between its inhabitants, a force for the socioeconomic needs of the community and a unified planning voice to the different levels of government affecting this border community.
Chief among his contributions was the design and construction management of Casitas de la Florecitas—eight attractive, affordable, single-family homes for first-time homeowners. He also developed the San Ysidro Pilot Village Proposal, a community-based strategy so successful that the city committed nearly $1 million to help link affordable housing with public transportation and commercial development. And he was instrumental in winning a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for a program designed to add the community’s voice to the federal redevelopment of the San Ysidro Border Station.
After completing his fellowship, David chose to continue with Casa Familiar where he is now the architectural design and development director. In 2004, the community voted him president of the San Ysidro Planning and Development Group, and he continued to serve as the group’s chair through 2008.
A graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Architecture, David organizes “San Ysidro—Sin Limites/Unlimited,” a monthly community development forum. David heads the local effort for the “Mi Pueblo—Villages Create the City” San Ysidro Pilot Village.