Downtown San Diego & The Gaslamp Quarter

Downtown San Diego & The Gaslamp Quarter

Downtown San Diego has long been the political, legal and financial center of the city of San Diego. In the past 20 years, however, downtown San Diego has been transformed into San Diego's heart and soul.

Following years of revitalization, downtown San Diego is now an inviting place to live, work and play, and many San Diegans are taking advantage of all three. For residents or visitors, downtown San Diego is a great place to enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment.

Stretching over a 16-block area of downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter is happening and trendy. Here's where you can find boutique hotels, chic restaurants, coffee houses, art galleries, unique specialty shops, hip boutiques and the best San Diego night clubs and bars. On the waterfront, Seaport Village offers a myriad of small shops and eateries and an ideal place for an afternoon stroll.

Downtown cultural life thrives with theater, dance and music. In the dramatic realm, San Diego Repertory Theatre makes its home at the Lyceum Theatre; the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre stages productions in the Hahn Cosmopolitan Theatre; and the Bowery Theatre presents its plays in the Kingston Theatre.

The San Diego Symphony holds its concerts in Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. Other concerts, dance and musical productions, and touring theatrical performances are held in the San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego Convention and Performing Arts Center and Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego.

San Diego's artists lived and worked in downtown San Diego long before the area became a desirable living area for most people. As a result, downtown San Diego now boasts the largest concentration of art galleries and artists' studios than anywhere else in San Diego.

The San Diego Convention Center, which opened in 1989, is an impressively designed structure nestled on the waterfront in downtown San Diego. Its Sails Pavilion, a 90,000 square foot exhibit area, was designed to reflect San Diego's maritime history. San Diego Convention Center is the home to many conventions, trade shows and consumer shows, including Comic-Con, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world.

The recent addition of Petco Park in East Village has added to the excitement of downtown San Diego. Home of the San Diego Padres, Petco Park is considered one of the finest baseball stadiums in the world. It attracts hundreds of thousands of people to downtown San Diego each year.

The key to any successful urban revitalization project is re-establishing the residential community. Downtown San Diego has been successful in attracting many new city dwellers by offering everything from posh condominium complexes for high-end buyers to single-room occupancy hotels for low-end renters. Residents living in downtown San Diego are rediscovering the many advantages of living in an urban setting, such as easy access to work and culture and the best shopping and entertainment activities in San Diego.

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