San Diego is the 8th largest city in the USA. Therefore it goes without saying that there are dozens of suburbs and neighborhoods sprawling out over the distance.
While the city has modernized as times have changed, one nice nostalgic touch is the old fashioned signboards.
Hanging above each neighborhood will be the old ~1950's vintage neon signboards. Each one will have its own design, color, flair and personality. Keep your eyes peeled to the sky as your wander San Diego's neighborhoods.
Most of the cities are like independent islands.
San Diego City is an exception because it took land south of Chula Vista and made that land part of it.
This southwestern part of California is called San Diego County and the City of San Diego is in San Diego County.
South of San Diego is NATIONAL CITY and then CHULA VISTA. There is a city, southwest of Chula Vista called IMPERIAL BEACH. Chula Vista and the City of SD did annex the area which must have been County - unircorporated land. Imperial Beach has been an incorporated city all along, without interruption. Thus, Chula Vista's city border extended farther south then "L" Street-which was the old end of CV--to Main Street and it's population grew from 75,0000 to 125,000 almost over night. Past Main Street is the San Diego City portion, including where I live now.
The easiest way to know if a place is in the City or County is to look at the address. If the address is San Diego, that means that it is part of the City of San Diego, any other address is either another city or an area of SD County, such as LA JOLLA which is not an incorporated city.
Confusing isn't it?
We have Federal, State, County, City and Private land.
A milititary base is on Federal land, so are the National Parks--such as
Cabrillo National Monument.
All State buildings and State Parks--such as Silver Strand State park are on
State owned land.
All County buildings and lands not owned by a person, the state, the cities or
the Federal government are county land.
All land not owned by a private citizen / business owner, the Federal
government, State or the County is owned by the city.
Any law biding citizen or business can own land, but that land is still subject
to the laws of the city it is in, the county it is in, the state it is in, and
all Federal laws.
Thank you very much Linda :-))).
When I started to put up this page I didn't know that I started to put up the page of at least 2 seperate cities: Coronado and San Diego.
Hmm... it seems that there are cities within a city of San Diego:
- National City,
- Chula Vista,
Do they all have their mayors, governments etc.? I think so. Is this a sign of more freedom or... what? How to get to know in which city I am just now?
Does it make sense to have a city limits inside another city? Doesn't it make more problems with public transportation for example? Look: if you want to get from San Diego downtown to San Ysidro (both are in San Diego city limits) you MUST go through another city: Coronado or Chula Vista and National City.
In my homecountry (and Europe, I think) it never works such way, people would never build city limits/borders inside another city - what for? To have more beaurocracy? Am I wrong?
Btw I wonder which names locals use? Do they say: I live in Chula Vista/National City (hmmm... where is it?) or just I am from San Diego?
Hmm... I don't know.
Reffering to official statistics relatively more people in San Diego County changed their homes (54.9% !) in 1995-2000 than in the rest of California.
Very "moving" population there :-))).
Do you know what a mobile home is?
It's a movable building (house) which people live in and which usually stay at one place, but it can be moved using a vehicle.
They are not always small but usually they look simple, they are packed one by one and have smaller yards than usual homes. Anyway I must say that they look quite nice. They must be relatively cheap as well. Do San Diegans rent or owe them?
There are a lot of districts of mobile homes in San Diego county. Does it mean that the economy is poor there or maybe people are over-taxed in California?
From CHRIS (balfor):
Mobile Homes or trailers are common all over the united states. They are both owned and rented by people. Generally you will only find lower income people living in trailers because they are much cheaper to buy than a normal home, and if you are renting a trailer, you will normally be in a mobile home or trailer park where they put the trailers very close together and they can fit many people in a fairly small area. There are not as many people as in an apartment building, but many more than in a place with regular homes. Sometimes people will have a trailer as a second home at a lake or in the mountains because it is much cheaper than buying a frame built house. And even though they are called mobile homes, they normally only move once and then they stay at that location until they are scrapped or destroyed.
Thnak you Chris for your explanations!
Trailer parks are generally for people who are trying to live more cheaply. Years ago they were smaller and much less nice than today. They have a tradition of being known for poverty. In San Diego you have lots of Mexicans....legal and illegal....who may be struggling financially. Housing costs are very high. A condo in San Diego may cost about two hundred thousand dollars for the smallest one with not much view or interest in its architecture.
OK, the world looks quite different outside a downtown - there are huge residential areas mixed with many business areas.
In San Diego they take a lot of area - you can just drive and drive and look at never ending houses along loooong streets.
Most houses are 1-floor and have usually medium size (in European sense) or big size yards (frontyard and backyard, what about "sideyard"? :-)... as I know they don't have gardens, gardens are at palaces hehe.
So maybe it would be better to LIVE in San Diego and to VISIT European old cities hehe.