Where are the offices and businesses planned for East Village? Voice of San Diego recently pointed out the dearth of office buildings being constructed in the quickly developing downtown neighborhood.
But the article missed one big component of East Village: education.
Yes, East Village has not yet become the office hub similar to University Town Center, or the research and development cluster in Sorrento Mesa – but that’s in part because something else is beginning to happen. The area is one of our region’s major educational clusters. You can go from preschool to post-graduate without ever leaving the neighborhood.
The South East Village Focus Plan – an unofficial document prepared by a group of downtown property owners, design professionals and residents – lists leveraging the academic vibe as its No. 2 goal for the area.
At the north end of East Village is the San Diego High School Educational Complex. The school has over 3,000 students.
To the south, across Russ Boulevard, is San Diego City College, with an enrollment of over 18,000 students. It is located on a campus that is continually expanding with new facilities and programs – over $500 million has been invested in the past five years. And with that expansion, City College has physically become even more a part of East Village.
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I read a the blurb about the PUC and dialing "1" between area codes 619 and 858- does this mean it will be long distance and subject to charges as it was just decade ago?
As a dowtown resident of nearly 14 years, I am excited about the on-going development of East Village. With the mix of uses described by Mr. Stepner, and the prospect of a thriving retail core that will follow the building of so many residential projects, East Village will become a very interesting neighborhood. That said, the City must still address the homeless problem that is most evident in that particular neighborhood. While other California cities have been addressing homelessness for several years, and have devoted significant resources to the issue, San Diego is catatonic.