El Cajon Boulevard is about to become a test case for San Diego’s vision of a neighborhood packed with dense, affordable urban housing.
The question is whether public funds and community plans will keep up with the boulevard’s development boom.
Running from North Park out toward San Diego State University and La Mesa, El Cajon Boulevard passes through eight diverse communities, including Normal Heights, University Heights, City Heights and Kensington-Talmadge.
More than 800 new rental units will start construction along the boulevard in the next two years. For comparison, about 500 new units went up in the entire decade from 2005 to 2015.