East Village is downtown’s largest neighborhood, consisting of 325 acres. Downtown’s most signficant growth over the next several years will be in East Village. The growth will include thousands of homes as well as a significant number of new office and retail space. PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres baseball team, opened in April 2004. Artist’s Lofts, studios, galleries and shops are scattered throughout the area; even former warehouses have been transformed into charming residential units with mixed uses, creating a trendy and urban lifestyle close to San Diego Bay. San Diego City College, the New School of Architecture, two high schools and Thomas Jefferson School of Law augment this neighborhood’s youthful and creative population. The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, completing the 100-year vision of linking two of the region’s best assets, San Diego Bay and Balboa Park, completed prior to the end of 2010.
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