Linked below is a Wall Street Journal article from this week about downtown San Diego and the development drive to move Gaslamp and downtown to a walk-friendly environment to accommodate the exodus from suburb sprawl to downtown convenience and style.
San Diego has long been a car-centric city dominated by suburban-style subdivisions and gated communities. Now, that’s chaning. Cranes downtown mark where new office towers, luxury condos and hotels will soon join the skyline. Restaurants with upscale comfort-food menus and hidden speakeasy bars line revitalized street fronts. Though downtown’s revitalization has had several waves over tyhe years, the latest is higher-end, and picking up quickly post-recession. The population of downtown is about 30,800 residents–76% increase since 2000–and more than 9,000 apartment and condo units are currently in the pipeline for development.
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