The California Department of Finance recently released information surrounding San Diego’s city center, with their village concepts, denser communities, and shorter commutes to work, as contributing factors for the growth and demographic shift to a younger population of people. The movement seen in part as a reverence for the past with a change in attitude for what-matters-most in present day life. The generation for the new millennium of dwellers, proprietors, and change-makers are migrating away from the suburban life of their parents, toward a more dynamic, diverse, and eclectic urban lifestyle.
The vintage metro neighborhoods, rising high above the valley floor—Talmadge, Kensington, Normal Heights, North Park, South Park, University Heights, Hillcrest, and Mission Hills, are feeling the effects of this change with a population explosion of the future generation, neighborhood revitalization efforts, with an emphasis on organic and sustainable foods, living, and alternative transportation, all yielding a positive movement in the beginning curve of San Diego’s local economic recovery.
In recent months the resurgence of these yesteryear neighborhoods are reflected in national press for their growth, cultural diversity, creativity, microbreweries, and epicurean contributions. The neighborhood of North Park was recently featured in Forbes Magazine as America’s Best Hipster Neighborhood, closely followed by a spread in Sunset Magazine’s day-trip for dining section, leading readers to some new and outstanding restaurants along the historic street of Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. The new boom extends beyond the reported increases of urban-dwellers, spilling out into the streets of commerce further contributing to the benefits of San Diego village living.
What do you think about the recent boom in San Diego? Does it make you want to move to one of the eight metro villages mentioned above?
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