Little Italy

Little ItalyThroughout the United States Little Italy has symbolized the tremendous contributions Italians have made to this country. Unfortunately, many of these historically business districts are disappearing before our eyes. They are either declining due to growth of other adjacent ethnic neighborhoods or are a shadow of their former glory due to the dispersion of Italian families from these districts. Little Italy in San Diego is different. A stable ethnic business and residential community since the 1920’s, Little Italy today represents Downtown San Diego and the oldest continuous neighborhood business district.

At one time, more than 6,000 Italian families lived in Little Italy and toiled to build San Diego into the center of the world tuna industry. With the decline of the tuna industry on the West Coast and the destruction of 35% of Little Italy due to the construction of Interstate 5, Little Italy suffered nearly thirty years of decline. In the early 1990’s, established property owners and family run business owners decided to take their fate into their own hands.

One of the many developments in Little Italy:
La Vita – bound by Union, State, Cedar and Beech Streets

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