A reminder of San Diego’s refugee resettlement in a time of terror
Why does City Heights physically look the way it does and why does it have such distinctive demographics? The case can be made that City Heights has been shaped both by design–the adoption of the Mid-City Plan in 1965– and by happenstance in the form of the fall of Saigon one decade later.
The Mid-City Plan provided a blueprint of sorts for stimulating business and commercial growth that is reflected in the built environment. The fall of Saigon and the subsequent resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees in City Heights also became a blueprint of sorts for influencing the ever changing demographics of the individuals who would move within the built environment. [Read more…]