It’s the traditional town pattern of it’s historic center. It’s a pattern that is relatively rare in Southern California but seen everywhere in the East and Midwest U.S.: narrow streets (even its main commercial street La Mesa Blvd.), small densely (for suburbia) developed lots, human scaled and architecturally diverse development, pedestrian amenities (e.g., the “secret stairs”), which were created when that was the primary form of short distance travel, and a railway (now trolley) through the center of town. You can read more about the Walk San Diego’s walkable city selections here.
About Bill Adams
Bill Adams is the founder and chief editor of UrbDeZine. He is also a partner in the San Diego law firm of Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP. He has been involved with land use and urban renewal for nearly 25 years, both as a professional and as a personal passion. He currently sits on the boards or committees of ,The Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative, San Diego Historic Streetcars, The Food and Beverage Association of San Diego County, and the Heal the Gash Committee (reconnecting communities divided by freeways).