Your Exclusive Guide to Downtown San Diego
Downtown is the future. It’s also right now.
This publication celebrates downtown—the growing, exciting heart of San Diego. The collection of neighborhoods that make up the center of the city—from Marina District to Gaslamp Quarter and East Village, Little Italy to Columbia, City Center and Cortez—are all emerging as vital, dynamic areas with their own powerfully attractive identities, locals and neighborhood life. The whole of downtown is a community, a destination and a family with many different characters that reward locals and visitors alike.
Downtown is San Diego’s most exciting, dynamic community.
That’s good news for the city overall. As San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told the CityAge 2017 conference, “We compete with the world for talent. People have a choice. If we can’t offer a good quality of life, we can’t compete.” Betsy Brennan, President & CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership agrees. “Downtown is San Diego’s hub for all things work and play,” she says. “Our innovative businesses, creative community spaces, and world-class amenities provide a meaningful place to work and a dynamic place to live.” The heart of the city is getting a supercharge of quality of life as plans to knit together the many attractions along the water coalesce, making it an integral and uniquely varied part of everyday city life for both residents and visitors. Read about that on page 16.
Plans for the urban waterfront will transform downtown into San Diego’s most desirable community.
And while downtown has long been a very good place to live and play, plans by University of California, San Diego to create a major downtown center—the Innovative Cultural and Education Hub—portend a future when residents will increasingly be able to work downtown as well. You’ll find that story on page 36.
The planned UC San Diego hub will make downtown a complete community—a place to live, work and love.
All that fresh air and innovation builds up an appetite. Fortunately, downtown has everything to satisfy. Take a look at page 40 for more about our madly inventive, delicious, surprising food scene.
Downtown is indeed the future of San Diego; it’s here that San Diego is evolving from good to great, from sunny beach city to brainy coastal innovation capital—one where the sun happens to shine most of the time and a famously laid-back vibe is never lost. We look forward to seeing you here—as a resident, an investor, a visitor. There’s a downtown San Diego for all of us.