I lived in downtown San Diego for more than 18 years, and through that time I saw the city rise and then fall. One of the bright spots was the complete restoration of the Balboa Theatre, a classic old venue that sat empty and abandoned for many years. It took a number of those years to make it happen, of course, but now it’s a gem in a downtown where very few gems exist. I don’t know what causes a downtown to fail, how an important place of local history falls to disrepair. Maybe it’s the greed associated with astronomical rents or the ignorance of elected officials to see the true problems confronting residents today. I love San Diego, and I loved living downtown for almost two decades. But I don’t miss living there, not for one second.
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