Tuesday, January 10, 2012
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter
The revived historic Gaslamp Quarter is a mecca for shopping, entertainment and dining establishments, but is started out as a rough and tumble area populated by gambling halls and houses of prostitution. Wyatt Earp ran three gambing halls here in the 1880s. In 1887 there were 120 bordellos in operation, but by 1913 they had all been shut down. The area then became the center of Asian immigrant workers. Following WW II the area deteriorated significantly, mostly populated by tattoo parlors, pawn shops, massage parlors, adult entertainment venues and seedy bars.
By the mid-1970s several groups spearheaded efforts to revitalize this decrepit area, and the Gaslamp Quarter was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Entrepreneurs continue to restore the Gaslamp's Victorian buildings (Old City Hall photo at top), further enhancing the appeal of this vibrant neighborhood.