11 Most Endangered Historic Places

San Diego Arts & Warehouse District

Year Listed: 1999
Location: San Diego, California
Threat: Development

Significance

Searching for a site for a new stadium for the Padres baseball team, the City of San Diego wisely chose a downtown location near the lively Gaslamp Quarter Historic District. Ironically, that decision could lead to the destruction of another historic area that is undergoing renewal: the warehouse district known as the East Village. Long an urban backwater, the East Village in recent years has seen dramatic reinvestment as an influx of new residents has created loft apartments, design-related businesses and art galleries in the historic buildings that recall the area's past as the city's produce district. Tragically, many of these buildings would have to be demolished to allow construction of the proposed Padres ballpark and a new diagonal street that would improve access to the stadium.