Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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This research project explores issues of historic preservation, gentrification, and the contention over public space and culture. More specifically, it analyzes these elements within the setting of the historic Gaslamp Quarter and Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego. By tracing their development and conception from the early 1970s into the twenty-first century, this research reveals the different types of images and cultures that city leaders and developers created within the built environment. More importantly, the project sheds light upon how different social groups understood, experienced, and responded to the transformation of these spaces. This type of analysis is crucial for historians and city planners since no current history has been presented on San Diego's rapidly changing downtown. The thesis seeks to reveal the complexity of gentrification and preservation in downtown regions such as San Diego, in hopes of sparking greater discussion among city officials, preservationists, private investors, and the general public.
Analysis; Cultural; California; Diego; Downtown; Gaslamp; Horton; Plaza; Quarter; Reinventing Spatial
California$z San Diego$z Gaslamp Quarter; United States; History
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Ervin, Jordan Chase, "Reinventing downtown San Diego: A spatial and cultural analysis of the Gaslamp Quarter and Horton Plaza" (2007). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2104.