Downtown San Diego's oldest continuous neighborhood business
district, Little Italy spans some 45 blocks, but the heart of
it is on India Street between Cedar and Grape streets. At one
time, more than 6,000 Italian families lived in the area, building
San Diego into the center of the world tuna industry. Trouble
came with the decline of the tuna industry on the West Coast
and with the destruction of about 35 percent of the neighborhood
to make way for Interstate 5. After almost 30 years of decline,
the neighborhood families and business owners took matters into
their own hands in the early 1990s and began redevelopment.
Today, Little Italy is one of the hottest residential spots
in the county, with its low-rise lofts and condos and—increasingly—high-rises.
The charming India Street business district is filled with popular
cafes, delis, restaurants, boutiques, and bars, and the neighborhood
sponsors art events, as well.
India Street between Cedar and Grape streets
Little Italy Association: 619.233.3898