Luxury condos, new hotels and upscale restaurants are appearing in San Diego’s burgeoning downtown district as residents explore a new pursuit: walking.
As Wall Street Journal staffer Candace Jackson sees it, a long-awaited inversion--upscale residents moving from the suburbs to urban downtown core locations--may have gotten underway in San Diego. Although, few towns can match San Diego for what it does offer downtown. Jackson writes:
San Diego has long been a car-centric city, dominated by suburban-style subdivisions and gated communities. Now, that’s changing. Cranes downtown mark where new office towers, luxury condos and hotels will soon join the skyline. Restaurants with upscale comfort-food menus and hidden speakeasy bars line revitalized street fronts. Though downtown’s revitalization has had several waves over the years, the latest is higher-end, and picking up quickly post-recession. The population of downtown is about 30,800 residents—a 76% increase since 2000—and more than 9,000 apartment and condo units are currently in the pipeline for development.