Downtown San Diego is Booming. Here’s Why…

Downtown San Diego is booming with residential and commercial development. No longer is it the once sleepy navy town boasting the best climate in the country. The weather remains beautiful year-round while the city has reinvented itself as a dynamic place to live, work and play.

The Downtown San Diego Partnership’s numbers confirm this. There are more than 37,000 residents, 81,000 employees and 4,000 businesses downtown currently. In addition, more than 120 tech and innovation startups call downtown home.

When Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres, opened in 2004, development near the ballpark hit the fast track. Fast forward to late 2008 and 2009 when projects in development and the planning stages came to a halt. That has all changed.

Today, streets from the Gaslamp to the East Village to Little Italy are alive with happy people, trendy restaurants, craft breweries, coffee houses, yoga studios and eclectic shops. The vibe is young and lively as people and their dogs enjoy the downtown lifestyle. Locals joke there are more dogs living downtown than children.

Listen to David Graham, deputy chief operating officer, City of San Diego: “We have actually been planning for a vibrant downtown for years. It began with Horton Plaza in the ’80s. The live/work lifestyle is built into our development plans. We are planning for 90,000 residents in downtown by 2035.”

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