Major hotels give way to a gritty scene on the waterfront just south of downtown. There, huge cargo ships unload bananas, wind blades and fertilizers. Eighteen-wheelers rumble through an area with an unusual mix of homes and industrial business.
This is Barrio Logan, a small, working-class neighborhood that sits adjacent to California’s fourth largest port. It is home to about 4,000 residents, most of them Latino, but also to the businesses that serve the port’s maritime operations: Ship deck cleaners, welders and warehouses. In the neighborhood, those industrial businesses are interspersed among homes, a jumbled mix that’s long been a source of tension between business owners and residents.
Now, the city is finalizing a major rezoning plan that aims to separate those businesses from homes in the coming decades, as the neighborhood changes and redevelops. It will direct future industrial development to the outskirts of the neighborhood and housing in its core, setting the stage for Barrio Logan to triple its population by 2030.