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Invention and reinvention : The evolution of San Diego's innovation economy

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Frame of Image ks that condition San Diego’s development history
• Scarce natural resources, (water, minerals, arable land, geographic isolation, a harbor in need of major improvement); • Citizens’ aversity to taxation and investment in essential urban infrastructure; • Aversity to “smokestack industry” and an unruly working class; • Love for and pride in the natural environment. • All these issues clearly hampered development.
Inventing San Diego
• The gift of the pueblo lands • “Missing the train” and the lost generation • Putting San Diego “on the map”….
The invention, continued….
The “blank slate,” and the railroad problem:
San Diego, c. 1850.
When the railroad finally came to town, 1885.
The Invention, Envisioned
Left: Chamber of Commerce Brochure, c. 1905
Below: Visionary, water developer, sharp dealer: Ed Fletcher at Grossmont, c. 1908
A portion of John Nolen’s Plan, 1908: the dream of San Diego as a “City Beautiful.”
San Diego as Health Resort
Drs. Remondino and Stockton’s downtown sanitarium
Agnew Sanitarium, 1914
“Smokestacks vs. Geraniums” defined two mayoral elections prior to 1920, and expressed well a popular conundrum about the course of development.
First Reinvention: with the “dawn of the Pacific Century,” San Diego’s business community , in small incremental steps at first, began to harness federal resources, in particular, the U.S. Navy, as its primary engine of urban development.
Marines from USS Philadelphia at the Hotel Del, 1907
Driving the stake: the first naval inst


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Title Invention and reinvention
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The evolution of San Diego's innovation economy

Material Type Proceedings
Author(English)

Shragge, Abraham J.

Publisher

[Washington, D.C.]:World Bank Institute

Date 2014-06
Event

KDIS-WBI-CAG Policy Forum

Pages 45
Subject Country United States(Americas)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Industry and Technology < General
Holding World Bank Institute