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San Diego Downtown

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The primary shopping and dining areas in San Diego are Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp quarter. Alonzo Horton in the 1870s developed and promoted today's downtown area and is known as the "father of San Diego." The heart of the then-new development was Fifth avenue, but by the 1960s, it had declined into a seedy area that kept developers away. That prevented many historic brick buildings from being destroyed, and since the 1980s, the area underwent an urban renaissance. The centerpiece of that renaissance is the Horton Plaza, designed by California architect Jon Jerde using the "festival marketplace" concept with arches and balconies in postmodern style.

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Villa Montezuma. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Vaulted ceiling,  waiting room of Santa Fe Depot. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Santa Fe Depot railroad station, constructed for the 1915 Panama-California exhibition. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Facade of Louis Bank of Commerce building, Gaslamp quarter. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Gaslamp, welcome to Gaslamp quarter signs, and historical building facade. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Gaslamp quarter street with historic buildings. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Keating building, Gaslamp quarter. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Horton Plaza shopping center by daylight. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Detail of Jessops clock. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Palazzo in Horton Plaza at night. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Horton Plaza shopping center, designed by Jon Jerde. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Some of the 140 stores in the Horton Plaza shopping mall at night. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Cook preparing Mongolian BBQ, Horton Plaza. San Diego, California, USA ( color) County Administration Center in Art Deco style at night. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Victorian style Villa Montenzuma. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Twin towers of the Louis Bank of Commerce in baroque revival style,  Gaslamp quarter. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Gaslamp, signs, and facade of the Louis Bank of Commerce, Gaslamp quarter. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Gaslamp and street in the Gaslamp quarter. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Westfield Horton Plaza designed by Jon Jerde. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Jessops clock, called the finest street clock in the US. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Westfield Shoppingtown Horton Plaza at night. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Triangular facade of the Palazzo, Horton Plaza. San Diego, California, USA ( color) Westfield Shoppingtown Horton Plaza, designed by Jon Jerde. San Diego, California, USA ( color)
All the 23 color pictures of San Diego Downtown are on this page