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Take a trip through the ever-developing tale of San Diego’s downtown. New life in old neighborhoods and some surprises for the future.


2035: Back to the European way of life?

It’s predicted that by 2035, 80% of American homes will be within 0.5 miles of a transit station, a situation traditionally more typical of Western European cities, where metro systems and bus networks have been vital interconnections over a century.

2035: Back to the European way of life?

It’s predicted that by 2035, 80% of American homes will be within 0.5 miles of a transit station, a situation traditionally more typical of Western European cities, where metro systems and bus networks have been vital interconnections over a century.

2015: Glass and vision

Floor to ceiling views certainly pay dividends for the ocean-side resident. Here’s a cutaway that shows how adoption of curtain walling liberates the light, and maintains the view. At Pacific Gate, the curtain always reveals more than it hides.

2015: Glass and vision

Floor to ceiling views certainly pay dividends for the ocean-side resident. Here’s a cutaway that shows how adoption of curtain walling liberates the light, and maintains the view. At Pacific Gate, the curtain always reveals more than it hides.

2015: No need to park

Where once car ownership was a sign you’d arrived, now falling car ownership tracks the ambitions of a generation who’d rather live near work, share their commute, cycle, walk or use public transportation. 62% of millennials recently polled said they’d do it all downtown.

2015: No need to park

Where once car ownership was a sign you’d arrived, now falling car ownership tracks the ambitions of a generation who’d rather live near work, share their commute, cycle, walk or use public transportation. 62% of millennials recently polled said they’d do it all downtown.

2015: The elements, the lines, the idea

Pacific Gate’s own contribution to a confident, innovative downtown San Diego is captured here perfectly in Jamie von Klemperer’s early sketches of the development.

2015: The elements, the lines, the idea

Pacific Gate’s own contribution to a confident, innovative downtown San Diego is captured here perfectly in Jamie von Klemperer’s early sketches of the development.

2013: Rethinking… means mixing up big ideas

Architecture, by its nature, is a slow refinement of big ideas, finding new projects to give life to concepts and innovations.

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2013: Rethinking… means mixing up big ideas

Architecture, by its nature, is a slow refinement of big ideas, finding new projects to give life to concepts and innovations.

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2009: Plaza life, high and rising

Just 6 years ago San Diego showed its increasing taste for the vertical with The Meridian – an elegant 20 storey, tapering residential tower. Immediately popular, it would begin to define the market for a new kind of elevated, downtown living.

2009: Plaza life, high and rising

Just 6 years ago San Diego showed its increasing taste for the vertical with The Meridian – an elegant 20 storey, tapering residential tower. Immediately popular, it would begin to define the market for a new kind of elevated, downtown living.

1985: Reinventing retail at Horton Plaza

In the new, 1980s-era service economy, American retail became a motor of urban renewal. Named in tribute to the city’s founding father, Horton Plaza is a brave and ground-breaking mall development in the heart of downtown.

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1985: Reinventing retail at Horton Plaza

In the new, 1980s-era service economy, American retail became a motor of urban renewal. Named in tribute to the city’s founding father, Horton Plaza is a brave and ground-breaking mall development in the heart of downtown.

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