People in preservation: A partnership that will flow for decades to come

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

After decades of neglect, suggesting just a few years ago that the Broadway Fountain faced an uncertain future would be an understatement.

But the 107-year-old landmark, situated in the heart of Horton Plaza Park, not only has a solidified future today, but it is shining brightly amid a larger scale restorative effort and a robust public-private partnership.

Lunching like it’s 1886

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

You don’t have to stretch your imagination to envision horse and buggies unloading passengers clad in Victorian couture when standing in front of Salt & Whiskey, the re-branded restaurant inside the historic Horton Grand Hotel.

Opened in 1886, the hotel was modeled after Vienna’s Innsbruck Inn, and its architectural splendor — inside and out — ranks among San Diego’s most precious Victorian gems.

Downtown gets sandy

Posted: August 4th, 2017 | Features, Special Events, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Jess Winans

Imagine 300 tons of sand being dumped on the Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego. That’s exactly what’s going to happen this Labor Day weekend.

As part of the sixth annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition, 11 World Master Sand Sculptors and 21 Cool California Carvers in seven groups of three will each be given 15 tons of sand to mold.

Accolades for ‘Trouble in the Wind’

By Jen Lothspeich | Tunes About Town

As many times as I’ve imagined myself in the lead role of Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical rock odyssey film, “Almost Famous,” it’s doubtful I’ll ever get flown out by Rolling Stone magazine to interview a band on tour.

But I still get to explore some compelling subjects here in San Diego — sometimes under interesting circumstances.

Celebrating the days of ‘Rabbitville’

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

As the story goes, William Heath Horton failed to develop what is now known as Downtown when he had the opportunity. But when Alonzo Horton later sailed into San Diego Bay, stepped foot onto the “New Town” area and decided to develop it himself, the place was crawling with rabbits.

“Everyone said, ‘You’re crazy, you’re never going to be able to build a city in Rabbitville,’” said Michael Trimble, executive director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA). “Because that’s all that was here, a few shanties and a ton of rabbits. So historically they call Downtown ‘Rabbitville.’”