Little Italy is a somewhat hilly neighborhood in Downtown San Diego, California that was originally a predominately Italian fishing neighborhood. It has since been gentrified and now Little Italy is a scenic neighborhood composed mostly of Italian restaurants, Italian retail shops, home design stores, art galleries, and residential units.
Little Italy is one of the more active downtown neighborhoods and has frequent festivals and events including their very own Farmers Market. Also known as the Mercato. The neighborhood has low crime rates when compared with other neighborhoods in Downtown San Diego and is maintained by the Little Italy Neighborhood Association, which looks after trash collection, decorations, and special events.
Little Italy is located in the northwest end of Downtown. It is located north of Columbia, south of Middletown, southeast of Core, and west of Cortez Hill. It is also located on a hill thus giving its hilly terrain.
This district is bordered by West Laurel Street to the north, Ash Street to the south, Interstate 5/Front Street to the east and the San Diego Bay to the west.
India Street runs straight through heart of Little Italy, passing by all of the Old Italian architecture. A fairly easy walk, the culture allows visitors to absorb the people, sights, and overall atmosphere.
Little Italy is one trolley stop away from the Santa Fe Train Depot, two trolley stops away from American Plaza trolley transfer station, three trolley stops away from the Old Town Transit Center, and is in close proximity to San Diego International Airport.
Historically, Little Italy has been a home to Italian fishermen. Many Italians moved to San Diego from San Francisco after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake in search of tuna and other deep-sea sport and commercial fish.
When Interstate 5 was constructed through Little Italy in the early 1970s, 35% of the neighborhood was destroyed and during the same time the California tuna industry was declining, which caused the neighborhood to suffer nearly 30 years of decline.
With the creation of the Little Italy Association in 1996, the neighborhood has been going through gentrification and has seen a renaissance as a restaurant district specializing in Italian food and memorabilia. Prior to gentrification, the neighborhood was mainly composed of low-density commercial businesses and single-family detached homes. Currently, the neighborhood is mainly composed of residential units, mostly mid-rises, high-rises, and lofts, with ground floor retail stores and a few commercial buildings.
There are multiple public improvements and high-rise and mid-rise buildings under construction or approved and scheduled for construction. The northern part of Little Italy is less densely populated than the southern part of Little Italy, which is comprised mainly of high-rise and mid-rise buildings.
Although many of the buildings have been renovated, the new buildings duplicate the same feelings of their original establishments. Huge archways, outside eating, and lots of vegetation make you feel as though you've walked straight into Italy. With some exceptions, Little Italy is mostly made up of Italian eateries. During special events, many of these family-owned restaurants let you try their specialties.
All around the main street you can see the artwork of old and new. New galleries are always popping up, but the original pieces still can be found on old buildings and shops.
Little Italy is a business improvement district maintained by the Little Italy Association (LIA), a public benefit 501(c)3v corporation established in 1996 to oversee and expedite the revitalization and beautification of Little Italy. The Association works for the residents, property owners, and business of Little Italy.
The Italian Community Center of San Diego, a 500 member non-profit organization founded in 1981 for people interested in Italian culture and language, is located in this neighborhood. This foundation helps keep the buildings that are able to be restored alive, and keep the new-age out. They are all focused on keeping the feeling of Italy in this little nook of San Diego.
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