Former Mayor Bob Filner’s more wholesome legacy – shifting the focus from downtown development to the city’s deteriorating neighborhoods – has already bled into the race to replace him. Nathan Fletcher told Voice of San Diego last week he’ll continue the conversation Filner started about bringing infrastructure and services into neighborhoods.
His campaign trail, then, will surely pass through City Heights.
The community has been muscling its way toward a renaissance, beginning with a 1994 Price Charities investment that brought a grocery store into the neighborhood. But crammed city blocks and cinched revenue streams can turn modern-day efforts to add parks and fire stations there into sagas.
Some play out in the public eye – like last year’s punchy campaign for a skate park – while others stretch out over time, retold to each new neighbor, reporter or politician.