Edit ModuleShow Tags

The IDEA District Is No Longer Just an Idea

The east village concept is debuting this September



Published:

IDEA1

The east village concept is debuting this September. Really. Conceived by David Malmuth and Pete Garcia six years ago, IDEA District stands for Innovation, Design, Education, and Arts. “Those are the pillars that we think are critical to building a vibrant, sustainable urban community,” says Malmuth. He is a developer, but his idea is not entirely profit-driven.

“When we started the IDEA District, we didn’t have land,” he says. “It turned out to be the biggest plus. Unburdened by having to worry about a single piece of property, we were able to ask the more interesting question: What can we all do together that would benefit and grow this whole district and neighborhood?” Put concretely, the district aims to create more than 13,000 design and tech jobs in the East Village over the next 12 years.

The first project, known as IDEA1, comprises live-work apartments, ground floor “creative” office space, retail and restaurants, and The Hub, a social space in a courtyard for artists and thinkers to “display their creative output. The Hub is sort of a stage for the community.” Fashion designers, film artists, entrepreneurs, people with big social enterprises—all are welcome to mix and mingle and create. Also in the works: a park known as East Village Green, slated to begin construction by the end of this year. “That public improvement will have a massive impact on people’s perception of the livability of the East Village.”

To clarify: The buzzed-about Makers Quarter is one-fourth of the IDEA District, with similar precepts. This year, L2HP & BNIM Architects will break ground on Block D, downtown San Diego’s first new office building in over a decade, which also aims to achieve LEED Platinum or Gold Certification. Progress!

Edit ModuleShow Tags

The New Downtown:

Who the Heck Lives Downtown?

Home to less than one percent of the county's population, the area has a lot of potential

How Downtown San Diego Does Luxury

Younger, millennial-focused luxury is leading the way

Downtown Has an Unofficial Arts District

Here's how to explore it during one night in May

Why We (Will) Love Our Skyline

Local architect Joseph Martinez has helped define the San Diego skyline—but we have a long way to go

A Downtown San Diego Coffee Crawl

Here’s our guide to the best downtown coffee shops

A Downtown San Diego Food Tour

Here’s a rundown of where to eat and drink in style in downtown

Why Companies Are Moving to Downtown San Diego

Easy commutes, walkability, and food trucks—downtown is the new hot spot for companies

The IDEA District Is No Longer Just an Idea

The east village concept is debuting this September

FAQ: The Answers to 7 Burning Questions about Downtown

What’s the fate of Horton Plaza, and what’s happening with the homeless?

A Downtown San Diego Brewery Tour

Take the trolley for a full day of brew hopping—without any driving or parking worries
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

The New Downtown: A Guide to San Diego's Most Happening Neighborhood

We're delving into the new restaurants, cultural events, and businesses that are making downtown a destination

Who the Heck Lives Downtown?

Home to less than one percent of the county's population, the area has a lot of potential

Downtown Has an Unofficial Arts District

Here's how to explore it during one night in May
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Best Chicken Wings In San Diego
    The results of food critic Troy Johnson’s epic quest for the city’s best tiny chicken
  2. San Diego's Best New Restaurants of 2019
    From a 200 million-dollar renovation project to a dirty little burger, these made a dent
  3. The Must-Try Dishes of 2019
    SD Mag food critic and Food Network judge Troy Johnson names his top dishes of the year
  4. Video: A Peek At Our Insiders Club
    For members only…New perks, insider info and access to the editors
  5. The SoCal (Social Calendar!)
    From black-tie galas to costumed 5Ks, these events will keep your social calendar full—and you feeling good
  6. Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in San Diego 2020
    Whether you’re celebrating the end of a decade or the beginning of a new one, these are fine choices of venue.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles

October is Rideshare Month

Join the Rideshare 2015 Challenge and get there together
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Come See What’s New in Palm Springs

This SoCal city is constantly reinventing the landscape with new places to stay and play

Win Tickets to the 42nd Annual SDCCU Holiday Bowl

This year’s USC vs. Iowa match-up marks the Holiday Bowl’s third straight paring of teams that are ranked nationally in the top 25
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags