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Metro San Diego

METRO SAN DIEGO, aka DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO, aka CENTRE CITY aka NEW TOWN originally started in Old Town, was moved in 1850 to the current area by the bay when William Heath Davis with four other partners purchased 160 acres and laid out a planned development.  Seventeen years later, Alonzo Horton purchased another 800 acres which he then added to Davis’ land in 1869 and began in earnest to develop NEW TOWN. Between 1869 and WWI, Santa Fe railway station was opened, electric lights and streetcars were introduced, Broadway Pier was built and Spreckels Theatre, the first modern commercial playhouse west of the Mississippi, attracted culture to San Diego.

Today over 30,000 people live in the downtown area which is loosely bounded by Mission Hills and Balboa Park to the north,  Golden Hill to the East, Barrio Logan and Logan Heights to the south and San Diego Bay to the west.  Many landmarks are connected to METRO beginning with The San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field, Horton Plaza, Petco Park, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter, The Midway, Star of India, Harbor and Shelter Islands, Little Italy and Old Town.

METRO supports the Civic Theatre, home to the popular San Diego Opera, Copley Symphony Hall which is home to the San Diego Symphony and the recently renovated Balboa Theatre listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Educationally, in addition to the public schools supported by the San Diego Unified School District, METRO includes San Diego City College, Monarch School and Cal Western School of Law.

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