In this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Kinsee Morlan details some of the concerns about East Village’s rapid development.
It’s true that the building boom in East Village hasn’t included much office space, but that’s partly because the area has been transforming instead into a major educational hub.
Even though the vacancy rate for downtown office space is the lowest it’s been in years, most developers and investors building in East Village are still sticking with the safer bet: apartments.
East Village is in the midst of an unprecedented building boom. People of the neighborhood are filled with hopes, and concerns, about how the neighborhood will look once the cranes come down.
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Street homelessness has surged downtown and experts can only speculate about the reasons.
East Village is in a moment of massive transition. While the neighborhood’s quickly gentrifying and new people and businesses are moving in, the homeless population is also peaking. The tension between those two camps is on full public view at Fault Line Park.
Space 4 Art sits in the shadow of a construction crane, one of several towering over the East Village right now. “We’re surrounded on three sides by developers putting up high rises,” said Bob Leathers, one of the Space 4 Art founders. “It’s cranes galore down here.” Space 4 Art is in a brick and […]
Beginning in the 1980s, San Diego leaders pushed the city’s homeless providers to move to East Village, a decision that’s helped fuel the neighborhood’s growing homeless crisis.
Welcome to East Village, the front line of San Diego’s homelessness crisis. Street homelessness is up countywide but the problem is growing at a particularly rapid clip here. The neighborhood’s homeless population has spiked nearly 80 percent in the last year alone.