Enjoying the feeling of the home breeze in Little Italy downtown stays a habit that lasts only a long as the pretty and quiet front windows. The bricks torn down on Kettner Boulevard. The boulevard's many tall storied high rises bring the breeze to a standstill.
Fifteen windowed stories set a new home row lifestyle in Little Italy. Blocks lined with one story and two story lots are easy to skip during a drive through the boulevard. The low front faces took their strong stand long ago, when the fisherman's life made a Summer in the open air a quitting man's retreat.
Kettner's new high rise suites rising up above the US Bank building, on its north side, turns the walkers eyes up to the high roof range. A jagged angle in a reluctant little world.
Construction workers might not make any apologies, but, the glassed places follow the downtown look found on Broadway. Not the garden variety humble homes that welcomed visitors to walk in, in the village past.
Leased apartments fill the lots lost to time. The best modern buildings have private doors taken by the people in the downtown crowds who hold out for a worldly village cornerstone. Windows in the sky have the best views.
Tall buildings are worth more to downtown developers than a small boutique and gallery going out of business in a house on a corner up the street.
Oncoming trolleys on the street run through America Plaza down on Broadway and keep the downtown life bustling. New modern art displays tucked inside the Museum of Contemporary Art windows will have revitalized style tokens once the station work on the station skin gets done. Life goes on along the west downtown streets. A little quieter now that the city council decided earlier in the year to turn off new signals and more train horns at the G Street intersection in the downtown quiet zone.
Dining and shopping done at the mall workers build at the old police headquarters can become a habit.
Up on India Street, simple tall square windows will soon turn walkers eyes to the walk side. Work on a five story apartment building, with a court yard fit for fair weather, does not escape notice. The fifth story framed in wood stands tall enough to give a person who decides to stay there a modern advantage. The well lit windows resist the wind.
Old local years spent walking pat low fences and open fronts happened in the past. Walks taken down to the San Diego Bay to take a rest will take the locals away from the tall window fronts. A widened promenade on the north embarcadero stays under request while the construction workers dig the lots. Trees and fountain lines at the county's waterfront park under construction across Harbor Drive will be welcomed. Addresses on Kettner Boulevard and India Street fill in the lots at the right time.
This is the latest story told for Saturday City Scene Chronicles. TO read earlier articles, read
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