El Cajon Blvd. has the potential to once again be placed on the map as a vibrant, diverse, transit oriented shopping district within an urban corridor adjacent to downtown San Diego. Starbucks on the other hand took an opportunistic approach, with complete disregard for the neighborhood. They built strictly the bare minimum and went down a path that allowed them to skirt the neighborhood community group oversight entirely. This is an opportunity lost for the community on a prominent corner that should have density, street activation, a transit oriented development and a connection to it’s context. Instead, the architecture responds best to the drive-thru, the landscape is sparse or almost non-existent. In fact, one street existing street tree was removed on the corner to open up the view to a dismal sign. They didn’t even take the time to remove the planter the tree was originally in, leaving a large gaping dirt only planter at the sites primary corner. The onion should be given for urban planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.