San Diego

Central District

Balboa Park

Home to San Diego Zoo, and a host of Museums, Gardens, Theatres and other Cultural points.

Bankers Hill

Upper Class Residential, with views of Balboa Park, Downtown, and the Harbor.

Barrio Logan

Barrio Logan is known to historians, art connoisseurs, and Chicanos as the home of Chicano Park, the site of a land takeover and cultural renaissance. Because of this activity, which began with the Chicano Movement and continues today, Barrio Logan claims numerous famous artists and activists as its own.

Logan Heights

Upscale Latino concentration. Oldest neighborhood in San Diego.


Columbia – Commercial district, with the County Courthouse and some high rise condos.

Cortez – mixed use residential, single family dwelling, largely pedestrian.

East Village – Commerical. Home to Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

Gaslamp Quarter – major nightlife redevelopment, akin to Atlantic Station. 1 block east of Petco Park.

Horton Plaza – a 6 story shopping center, anchored by Macy’s and Nordstom’s. Horton Plaza is a massive shopping center, and a financial giant in downtown San Diego.

Little Italy – Italian Fishermen village, fairly authentic italian presence, pre-gentrification. The majority of events held are related to Italian culture. Most of the events center on and around India street, usually bordered by Grape street to north and Beech street or Ash street to the south. In February, there is Little Italy Carnevale, a Venetian mask and costume competition with entertainment and retail shops. In April, there is Art Walk, the largest art event in the San Diego/Tijuana region with over 90,000 people attending. In May, there is Festivale Siciliano, which consists of entertainment, retail shops, and Sicilian cuisine. In September there is the Italian Motorsport Show. In October, there is Precious Festa, the largest Italian festival outside of New York City, with over 150 Italian food and crafter booths, three stages of entertainment, the Corso degli Artisti Street Painting Festival, a stickball tournament, and beer and wine gardens

Marina – warehouse and empty lots with some beginning gentrification, plagued by dockside graft. Also has Seaport Village, the tourist Docks. 54 shops line the winding walking pathways, ranging from cruiseware and San Diego souvenirs to specialty vendors that cater to refined slices of the population. For example, Seaport Village is home to shops devoted exclusively to hot sauce, music boxes, wind chimes, hammocks, kites, and the world’s largest selection of mugs. Around the area there are many carriage-rides that are provided for visitors as well as a carousel for additional entertainment.

Seaport Village is home to four bay-view restaurants: the Harbor House restaurant, Edgewater Grill, Buster’s, and the Pier Cafe. In addition, a food court and many snack stands are open to sustain the visiting families, tourists and cruise ship daytrippers.

Golden Hill

Artists and musicians have flocked to the area as they have been priced out of areas like Little Italy, Downtown and Hillcrest. Golden Hill is home to Black Box Recording Studios, The Habitat Recording Studios, Influx Cafe, Turf Supper Club, Krakatoa & Luigi’s Pizza. Golden Hill is also host to two outdoor concerts a year, The Golden Hill Block Party and Kate Sessions Fest. The Golden Hill Block Party (2006 will be its fourth year) happens the last Saturday prior to Halloween. Last year, The Adored headlined the Golden Hill Block Party. This year, the Kate Sessions Fest made its debut in Golden Hill Park. Both outdoor concerts are free, all-ages events, organized by local artists and musicians, featuring local bands.

South Park

Predominantly a single-family residence area, with some duplexes and small apartment buildings or bungalow courts, it is noteworthy for its fine and varied collection of Craftsman and Spanish Colonial style homes built in the 1905-1930 period. South Park is gaining repute for its interesting small businesses, and has long been home to a diverse group of residents, regarding income, age, sexual orientation, and race.

The Old House Fair is an annual community event which occurs on a Saturday in the middle of each June in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego, California, centered on the intersection of 30th Street and Beech Street. The vendors at the event are comprised primarily of local businesses which feature home furnishings and other items of interest for owners of the unique Craftsman homes in the area. Other vendors sell food and beer, and musical groups perform on a stage set up on Beech Street.

Midcity District

City Heights

comprising Azalea Park, Bayridge, Hollywood Park, Castle, Cherokee Point, Chollas Creek, Colina Del Sol, Corridor, Fairmount, Fox Canyon, Islenair, Ridgeview/Webster Rolando, Swan Canyon, Teralta East, Teralta West

one can find Hispanic, East African, African American, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian businesses.

Socially and economically, City Heights has a high concentration of lower income businesses and households, resulting from the newly arrived immigrant communities. Businesses tend to be smaller and wider spread than to the north and east. Like other urban mesa neighborhoods north of Balboa Park, City Heights has a high rate of pedestrian activity, relative to the rest of San Diego. Crime rates were quite high until the recent renaissance, which ushered in one of the highest concentrations of police presence in the city.

College East and West

Home to San Diego State University and to a small orthodox jewish neighborhood.

Redwood Village

Middle Class Residential with University Square Shopping Center and Rolondo Shopping Center

Normal Heights

known for its affordable pubs, restaurants, coffee houses, smoke shops, antique shops, book shops, and burgeoning arts community.

Like other urban mesa neighborhoods north of Balboa Park, Normal Heights has a high rate of pedestrian activity, relative to the rest of San Diego. Three important neighborhood events take place in Normal Heights: The Adams Avenue Roots Festival, The Adams Avenue Street Fair, and Art Around Adams. The Adams Avenue Roots Festival is typically held the last weekend in April, featuring American, Latin, British, and various other European folk styles played live for free. The Adams Avenue Street Fair, Southern California’s largest free music festival, is typically held the last weekend in September. Art Around Adams is a local community art event where unique and talented artists showcase their work inside and outside interesting little businesses and spaces along Adams Avenue.


High concentration of condos


Residential Suburb

Southeast District


Chollas View, Lincoln Park, Emerald Hills, Valencia Park, Encanto, Alta Vista, and Broadway Heights

Lower Class Residential and light Commerical. Ethnicaly diverse, predominately Latino

Paradise Hills

Paradise Hills, Bay Terraces, Military Housing

Skyline and Jamacha Lomita

Middle Class, predominately Latino, New money and Latino Drug money concentration

Mt Hope

Mt Hope, Mountain View, Southcrest, Shelltown. Lower Class Residential, Slums. Ethnically Diverse, Latino, Black and Asian Poor.

Mt Hope Cemetery is located at 3751 Market Street. The current Cemetery Manager is Manuel David Lugo.

South District

Otay Mesa

Rural. Second port of entry from the coast.

San Ysidro

Home to the border crossing with Tijuana, and intricately linked to the Tijuana Cartel (Arellano-Felix Organization). One of the busiest drug traffic entry points in the country.

San Diego

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