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Things are looking up in San Diego, literally, as in the appearance of construction cranes. The San Deigo Union-Tribune reports:

Residential construction in San Diego County doubled in the first three months of 2018 compared to the same time last year, led by a surge in apartment building, said a recently released construction report.

The Real Estate Research Council of Southern California said that 1,878 multi-family permits were pulled in the first quarter, the second highest in the region, behind Los Angeles County’s 3,628.

The latest quarter’s numbers were a welcome sign to industry watchers after San Diego had the biggest drop — 37 percent — of residential building in Southern California to start 2017.

Construction tends to ebb and flow based on a number of factors — labor, weather, permit approval — and one quarter doesn’t always establish a trend. Even after the rough start to 2017, permits were just down 4 percent by the end compared to the previous year. But, it took a massive increase in building later in the year to pick up the slack.

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