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20 Reasons to Love San Diego

Our annual love letter to the city we call home



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#11

Because 55,719 people want to be freshmen at SDSU.
And that doesn’t even count undergraduate transfer students, totaling a record 77,959 who applied for the Fall 2014 semester. (As for who will get in? They find out next month.) With a new smoke-free campus policy, a $115 million research budget (last fiscal year), an almost-attained $500 million capital campaign, and snagging Malik Pope, the Aztecs’ highest-ranked basketball recruit ever, things are really coming together on the mesa.

The Casbah

#12

Because we’re still rocking the Casbah after 25 years.
The downtown club has hosted Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, the White Stripes, Weezer, and more. Happy Anniversary.

#13

Because the city is growing mature and historic enough that we can repurpose buildings. Exhibit A: The old Police Headquarters on West Harbor Drive is now a chic shopping plaza and dining destination. Exhibit B: UC San Diego’s original campus library, Galbraith Hall, now serves as a mixed-use undergraduate facility. Exhibit C: The Post Office at Grim Avenue and North Park Way will enjoy a second life as a complex of 33 apartments and a restaurant/retail space.

Balboa Park

#14

Because we lured a sommelier away from Spago in Beverly Hills.
Previously in San Diego at Cavaillon, Elizabeth Huettinger is now curating a user-friendly wine list at Addison.

#15

Because whomever we elect as Mayor on february 11, it won’t. be. Filner.

#16

Because we’re sending a 16-year-old Alpine skier with cerebral palsy to Sochi 2014.
Carlsbad resident and Canyon Crest Academy student Katrina Schaber will represent our country at the Winter Paralympic Games, March 7–16.

#17

Because the California Tower is opening its doors after 70 years.
According to San Diego Museum of Man CEO Micah Parzen, the staff hopes to open the tower to the public for Balboa Park’s centennial. Now we’ll be able to Instagram a photo from it, not just under it!

#18

Because our spokespeople are spokes people. (cyclists!)
In 20 years, when inhabitants of other cities will be sitting in traffic and struggling with obesity, we will be pedaling Schwinns around a $312-million, 1,100-mile bicycle network. That is, according to a city plan that was approved in December 2013.

#19

Because we’re using algae to fight cancer.
UC San Diego’s California Center for Algae Biotechnology and companies like Sapphire Energy are turning the green stuff into all kinds of good things—biofuel for cars and jets, malaria vaccines, and safe, cheaper cancer drugs (clinical trials for breast cancer patients could begin as early as 2015).

Del Mar $1.1 million home

#20

Because a Del Mar couple loaned their $1.1 million house to a group of artists.
The current homeowners are living on the East Coast and renting out the property for very little to the nonprofit A Ship In the Woods. Since 2010, the group has been turning out top-notch programming, from a curated series of art shows to music performances to exploratory discussions. It’ll have to find a new residence when the homeowners demolish the house this spring and begin to remodel.

 

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