Welcome To Downtown San Diego
DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO IS A GROWING URBAN METROPOLIS WITH SPECTACULAR BAY VIEWS and romantic vistas of the Coronado Islands, the Coronado Bridge to the Pacific Ocean and beyond. It is home to major league baseball, the San Diego Convention Center, exciting and thriving neighborhoods with great dining, entertainment and cultural venues, and a booming tourism industry, along with a growing base of people who have discovered the excit- ing opportunities to live and work throughout downtown.
Now home to more than 30,000 residents, the population could grow to 90,000 residents by 2030. People from all over the region, the country and the world flock here for the exceptional residential and business opportunities, the water- front setting, outstanding climate and breathtaking views. The neighborhoods offer a vibrant, convenient urban atmosphere, with something for every lifestyle. Source: Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC).
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According to Wikipedia downtown San Diego
The city of San Diego was originally focused in Old Town near the Presidio. In 1850 William Heath Davis and four partners purchased 160 acres (65 ha) of land in what is now Downtown San Diego, believing that a town closer to the waterfront would attact more trade. They laid out a street plan and built a wharf and warehouse, but nothing much came of their planned development.
In 1867 Alonzo Horton purchased 800 acres (320 ha) of pueblo lands in the current Downtown area, and in 1869 he added Davis’s 160 acres (65 ha) to his holdings; the area was referred to as the Horton Addition. Davis’s wharf had fallen to pieces by then, but Horton realized the area was still ideal for a harbor. He built a new wharf at the end of Fifth Avenue in 1869. He vigorously sold property and gave away land to promote development of the area, fueling the first of San Diego’s many real estate speculation booms. People flocked to the area, which became known as New Town, because of its better access to shipping. In 1871 government records were moved to a new county courthouse in New Town. By the 1880s New Town had totally eclipsed Old Town (as it is called to this day) as the heart of the growing city. Continue reading on Wikipedia.