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Hillcrest Commercial Core

The heart of Hillcrest beats with a bohemian vibe and its historic embrace of the LGBTQ and art and literary communities adds to a sense of urbanity within a walkable, village atmosphere. On these city blocks of shops, eateries, bars, a movie theater, and a few apartment buildings, most structures are only one or two stories tall. Neighborhood character is rooted in a variety of architectural styles, such as Mission Revival and Art Deco, and people still live over the stores. This bustling area owes is commercial pedigree to early streetcar lines and the two Expositions in nearby Balboa Park, which brought waves of residential development in need of services. Now, a group of commercial property owners has formed the Uptown Gateway Council to push for a 200-foot-height limit so they can build high-rises that would dwarf most of Hillcrest -- and simultaneously eliminate its rich past. These developers would scrape and redevelop entire blocks of this dense community, robbing Hillcrest of its character, historic resources, and LGBTQ and cultural heritage. SOHO has joined Mission Hills Heritage in legal action to protect the Uptown area, including the heart of Hillcrest, from overzealous development that would destroy the area's historic character and scale.

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Historic photos courtesy Vintage San Diego, current day photos by Sandé Lollis


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