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Entertainment District Proposed For Downtown San Diego

— The Gaslamp Quarter is bumping. The East Village is happening. Now San Diego officials may start to focus on another part of downtown.

Aired 8/2/12 on KPBS News.

The Gaslamp Quarter is bumping. The East Village is happening. Now San Diego officials may start to focus on another part of downtown.

An artist's rendering of what the park near Horton Plaza might look like.
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Above: An artist's rendering of what the park near Horton Plaza might look like.

Creation of an arts and entertainment district is being proposed for downtown San Diego. The area could potentially run from Ash Street down to Broadway and could stretch from Front Street over to 8th Avenue. It would incorporate a new park being planned near Horton Plaza. The district would display public art exhibits, host festivals and feature performances from the ballet and symphony among other things. It would also include commercial advertising.

David Ehrlich is the executive director of a similar district in Denver and has been promoting the idea in San Diego. He said it’s important to involve local arts organizations.

"Is there a way to access that really strong, vibrant arts community in San Diego, kind of like we did in Denver, and really activate the streets of north Broadway and promote other things?" he said.

Ehrlich and his partners have been working on the project for four years. Fifteen percent of the gross revenue generated from ad sales within the district would be invested back into the district. The developers said the district would not cost the city any additional money. The council’s Land Use and Housing Committee wants a formal proposal from the district backers by the end of the year.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | August 2, 2012 at 8:19 a.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Like there aren't any parking problems already?

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Hardcover | August 2, 2012 at 8:41 a.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Just an excuse to have Tokyo-style jumbotron billboards on the side of the buildings of the Horton Plaza mall. We know how Westfield is so creative at adding huge ads where nobody thought they could be allowed. The use of the word "Arts" on the name of it is just a hook, why not rename every hotel in town the "Arts" hotel because of the TOT money they collect?

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PKC2 | August 7, 2012 at 1:13 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

I think that the point of the idea is to try to bring San Diego ( a major US city) up to the level of other major US cities where arts and Culture are concerned. While I recognize that the arts are not really ever considered to be an important to large part of our citizens to those of us who to feel they are integral to the growth of our society would like a place to create and display art. It would finally give a central area for tourists to see what kinds of art San Diego has to offer rather then the incredibly wide spread pockets we currently barely thrive on. So parking my get harder, try public transportation. So there are a few advertisements helping to fund the arts, have you looked at the ballpark ever. This is a great idea that might not end up ever breaking ground and may be Corrupted but at least someone is finally trying something.

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