Downtown San Diego is the nexus of commerce and culture for one of the largest and most populous metropolitan areas in all of the United States. It is surrounded by a grab bag of SD-City neighborhoods including Bankers Hill
, Sherman Heights, Balboa Park, and Logan Heights; it also borders the Pacific Ocean in the west via the San Diego Bay. Beginning in the 1970's, redevelopment projects sprung up all across Downtown San Diego, targeting some areas for historic preservation (like the Gaslamp Quarter), some for public infrastructure expansion (like Petco Park in the East Village), and some for commercial improvements (like the Core District).
Downtown is the most walkable area of San Diego
and also boasts some respectable public transportation. Prospective residents will note that the area's many and varied neighborhoods have their own unique characters and charms—that, in other words, the experience of living in Downtown San Diego can be tailored to one's preferences. The 5, 163, and 94 freeways converge in this area, and if you're looking to get away, San Diego International Airport lies to the northwest.