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Horton Plaza, San Diego: 19 reviews and 44 photos

  Open but, Under Construction until 2014
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  • Horton Plaza from Fourth Avenue & Broadway - San Diego
      Horton Plaza from Fourth Avenue & Broadway
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The second photo (4th & Broadway) was the front of Horton Plaza (North side.) Sam Gooddy was a huge and popular music store, Planet Hollywood Restaurant is no longer there and Sam Gooddy has gone too. This whole front area is under construction to sort of re-establish the original "town square" of San Diego that Horton Plaza had been from the beginning of this section of downtown.

Horton Plaza is more than a shopping mall. About 1985 the city decided to "re-vitalize" the downtown area and first on it's list was Horton Plaza, named after one of our historical "fathers," Alanzo Horton.

Horton plaza was the town square of San Diego, a park area, with fountain in the center (of the original plan) of downtown. The city grew enormous around this little plaza which, over the years became the breeding ground for the homeless, prostitutes, transvestites and beggars of the city.

Re-vitalization consisted of a wonderful, eclectically designed "mall." A few major chain stores, unique shops selling anything from clothes to kitchen wares, theaters, a food court, a few nice restaurants and much more can be found in the multi-levels. This was built for the residents as much as for tourists. The parking lot can be confusing, so make sure you note where you parked your car.

Because of and inspite of Horton Plaza there are many newer and older stores located in SD"s downtown section. North & South of Broadway as well as East & West of Fourth Avenue you will find lots of stores and shops, not concentrated like at the mall, but along the various streets. One advantage to shopping the streets is the various price and item choices you'll find.

Near the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village also offers unique shopping experiences in a lovely bayside setting.

Address: Downtown San Diego
Directions: Located in the Gaslamp Quarter downtown.
Phone: (619) 239-8180
Theme: Other
Website: http://www.sandiego.org/nav/Visitors/VisitorInformation

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  • Updated May 29, 2013
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