The seeds of San Diego’s innovation economy sprouted with big gifts from the public.
San Diegans in the decades following World War II voted again and again to deed giant parcels of city-controlled land near Torrey Pines to woo science and research institutions to the city. They gave:
• Three hundred acres for General Atomics, researching peacetime applications for atomic energy.
• Twenty-seven acres for Jonas Salk, the discoverer of the polio vaccine, who wanted to start a research facility.