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Downtown San Diego Neighborhoods

The redevelopment and revitalization of San Diego's downtown neighborhoods is quickly becoming a west coast phenomenon. Emerging as a world-class Pacific Rim city, the skyline is changing rapidly and incorporating soaring new high-rises amidst colorful and historic treasures from the city's early beginnings. Without much argument, San Diego enjoys the best weather in the country year round. Ask anyone who lives or visits here to verify that fact. Besides the weather, a world class zoo, beaches and Balboa Park museums to enjoy, there are endless varieties of sports and activities for every interest.

Today there are eight separate districts in this 2.2 square mile downtown, each with a separate and distinctive charm. From Cortez Hill with stunning views of city and bay to the newly emerging Columbia District in the North Embarcadero there are many diverse and exciting areas to explore. The new Padres ballpark, Petco Park has sparked the development of East Village, the future SoHo of the west. The beautiful and enlarged Convention Center has exceeded expectations and attracts groups from all over the country and many for repeat conventions. The expanding cruise ship industry brings visitors from all over the world, many who vow to return over and over.


Columbia District

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Newly emerging, this area encompasses a prime waterfront location and includes downtown?s major street, Broadway and its? signature and namesake pier. The waterfront extends from the airport at Lindbergh Field and culminates at Seaport Village. Most of this area is scheduled for redevelopment under the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan which will incorporate a pedestrian esplanade, landscaping and activity areas. This area is also home to the U.S.S. Midway, a permanent maritime museum and active tourist and local destination.

Until recently, this area was primarily commercial projects, but now several residential developments have been completed and more are on the way. The Grande North was completed in August of 2005 and the Grande South in August of 2004. The Electra, San Diego's tallest residential tower, was completed in 2008. Sapphire Tower was completed in early 2009. Bayside, another 36 story tower is scheduled to be finished in 2009.

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