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Old 01-12-2009, 03:54 AM
 
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Default San Diego Downtown Vibe?

Hi,

I would like to know how is the vibe of San Deigo Downtown?
Is it comparable to the Downtown of NY or Chicago?...Do you find lots of people and activity?...or is it like LA Downtown which has minimal people hanging out.

Thanks!

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Old 01-12-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: North of the hood, south of the valley
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By all measures, San Diego's downtown is much better than downtown LA. There is considerable weekday activity over much of the area, and the Gaslamp District entertainment district is packed on evenings and weekends. However, the street life drops off rapidly outside of the Gaslamp area. It's still a bit of an artificial experience that was created rather than organically developed. Plus, the city hasn't quite managed to expand the Gaslamp experience beyond the 5th Avenue corridor. Still, the seed has been planted for a vibrant downtown area that will continue to grow. So, not on par with NYC and Chicago, but far and away better than LA.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:16 AM
 
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our downtown is actually nice...nowadays at least lol, west of park blvd

dont expect chicago or ny though, not nearly as big as those two, but bigger than alot of major cities
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: LA
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after spending a decent amount of time in downtown SD, i have found that outside of the baseball stadium, the gaslamp quarter appears to have been created for tourists, especially those on cruises. It is very nice, but it's more like an outdoor mall with better dining options and some night life sprinkled in. don't get me wrong, it is fun, but none of the people i know who live in SD ever go there.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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Downtown San Diego is stupid and dumb. Los angeles downtown is a million times better. L.A. downtown is bigger and has better buildings and better nite life now with the new L.A. Live.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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If by bigger and better you mean more homeless people and muggers then yes downtown LA is better but if you don't mean that then no.

BTW San Diego's downtown is quite nice and lively but it is no NYC. We're 1/12 the size of NYC so it really shouldn't be that surprising.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Yeah, that's all part of the LA Live development, I've been down there many times, and it's ok but it's only a small part of downtown. It was basically an attempt to take the cesspool that was downtown LA and turn it into something decent which didn't make suburbanites run away in fear. To achieve this goal they flattened a portion of downtown and basically built a themed shopping mall with some live entertainment.

In my mind it comes off as fake and plastic feeling without any history or character. It's just another generic place now which is a shame since there used to be a lot of great historical structures which could have been used to create a really unique place with history and character but it didn't happen.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:14 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Now K-Town that's a pretty cool place.
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:07 PM
 
Location: LA
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i think that any place that was created to draw masses of people feels fake. even times square is completely cheesy and filled with fat tourists from all over the country. you go once and you've seen it enough for a lifetime. atleast LA and SD are trying to offer some services to locals in their respective hubs (LA Live/Gaslamp) through various dining and entertainment options. I guess the broadway theaters are next to times square in nyc, but i'm pretty sure they were there before the area became a tourist magnet.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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San Diego's Downtown is active because most of the cities activities such as business and entertainment are concentrated in the single urban core of Downtown, unlike Los Angeles where there is more activity in Hollywood than its downtown, or Atlanta which has Midtown and Buckhead in addition to Downtown. Downtown L.A. is still strictly a business district, although in recent years there have been efforts to draw more people there after working hours, such as night clubs and the more recent L.A. Live complex. Downtown San Diego has The Gaslamp which is the top area in the city for nightlife so it gets busy on Fri. and Sat. nights, although Pacific Beach is another option which is more casual. Dowtown S.D. also has Seaport Village and Little Italy.
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