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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Walking Around San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter 
in San Diego

It starts along at Harbor Drive, across from the San Diego Convention Center and stretches north to Broadway.

Rental Scooters in front
of the Gaslamp Garage

From the late 19th century into the early 20th century, the Gaslamp Quarter teemed with con men and women, Gambling Dens and Brothels.  Police looked the other way until 1912 when clearing out unsavory residents and businesses became part of preparations for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915

The San Diego Chinese
Historical Museum

San Diego's Original
Cigar & Wine Bar has

The black corner banner
with Gold Dragon is

I wonder if this is a
permanent or
temporary display.

Ghirardelli Chocolates is in
 the former Casino Theatre,
built in 1912.

The Yuma Building,
built in 1888, is one
of San Diego's first
brick buildings.

I'm happy to see so many late 19th and early 20th century buildings have been restored and repurposed.

The Grand Pacific Hotel is
getting a "facelift."

Skyscrapers peek over this
older building with its
carefully painted cornice
work and trim.

Double entendre makes this
 restaurant memorable.

Suburban development after World War II (1941-5) emptied the Gaslamp Quarter of many of its businesses and this section became rundown. In the 1970s revitalization of the Gaslamp began.  Today it's a magnet for tourists.

Outdoor seating at
Rockin' Baja Lobster
Coastal Cantina has
outdoor seating.

Many restaurants expand their dining areas this way.

located in the historic
Factory, built in 1884.

Later, the Royal Pie Bakery moved into the building.

The U.S. Grant Hotel, with its
Gold Leaf dominates this
section of Broadway.

Park is across Broadway
 from the Hotel.

Perspective is everything
in this mural.

Horton Park was reconfigured and updated.  It's Grand Reopening occurred in 2016.

The Balboa Theatre was
originally a Vaudeville

Tin Roof
A Music

After some time off our feet and a beverage, Eric and I will walk back to our car and drive to our campground.

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