Downtown San Diego – Comm. Info

Downtown San Diego, also referred to as Centre City, is the city center of San Diego, CA. It is also the central business district for San Diego County.

The downtown area can be divided into 9 distinct districts: Columbia – the western district, Core District – the central business district, Cortez Hill – the north-east district, East Village – the eastern district which is home to Petco Park and surrounding Ballpark Village, Gaslamp Quarter – a two by ten block night life district in central downtown core, Little Italy – the north-west district, Marina – the south-west district which is home to Seaport Village, Horton District – the district comprising Horton Plaza and adjacent buildings, and Seaport Village – a tourist district within the Marina District, which is not an official district or neighborhood.

The downtown San Diego is bordered by the San Diego Bay to the west and southwest, Bankers Hill, Middletown, and Balboa Park to the north, Sherman Heights and Golden Hill to the east, and Barrio Logan and Logan Heights to the southeast. San Diego International Airport is just northwest of downtown.

In the 1960s, the downtown San Diego area began to fall into a state of disrepair. Trash littered the Gaslamp Quarter, many 19th century Victorian houses were rundown, and there were few buildings of significant size. The tallest building at the time was twelve stories, the locally famous El Cortez building. Despite this, low-mid-rise buildings were beginning construction. In 1975, Redevelopment plans were created for the downtown area. In 1985, Downtown San Diego underwent even more redevelopment with the completion of Horton Plaza, the Gaslamp Quarter revival, and the completion of the San Diego Convention Center. The term “America’s Finest City” was coined for the goal to make the downtown San Diego area just that – America’s Finest City!