San Diego, CA
Established in 1996
San Diego’s Little Italy is a stable ethnic business and residential community and has been since the 1920′s. The Little Italy of today represents Downtown San Diego’s oldest continuous neighborhood business district. At one time, more than 6,000 Italian families lived in Little Italy and toiled to build San Diego into the center of the world’s tuna industry.
With the decline of the tuna industry on the West Coast and the destruction of 35% of Little Italy, due to the construction of Interstate-5 freeway, Little Italy suffered nearly thirty years of decline. In the early 1990′s, established property owners and family-run business owners decided to take their fate into their own hands.
In 1996, the Little Italy Association was established to kick-off the revitalization of the once thriving tuna fishing community. Today Little Italy is a model urban neighborhood in the City of San Diego; with new Italian American and non-Italian business owners alike maintaining and opening retail and professional spaces. Alongside the successful business district, creative builders and architects have and are continually building beautiful new condo and apartment mixed-use developments. As a way to keep the rich history and stories alive, the Association has with local artists to implement public art on new developments and public spaces.
This historic neighborhood is rooted in the toil of immigrants and the perseverance and optimism of a new group of business owners. The strength of their faith and our proximity to the waterfront is what has supported families in Little Italy for generations. With this mantra in mind, the Little Italy Association has built itself into a 2.5 million dollar non-profit corporation that manages the Little Italy business, property and parking districts.
For more information, visit the Little Italy San Diego website at www.LittleItalySD.com.
San Diego, CA
Grounded in military tradition, Liberty Station (formerly the Naval Training Center, San Diego) welcomed its first Navy recruits in 1923. Under FDR, NTC gained new buildings, then continued to expand through WWII when the Center’s size tripled. The following decades marked further expansion and provided a valuable military resource to defend our nation. Built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and with a scaled-down approach, NTC’s architecture offers a peek into the past. Thanks to the influence of Bertham G. Goodhue’s work, our buildings’ roots connect NTC to landmarks across San Diego and Southern California, such as Balboa Park. The Balboa Park Superintendent at the time even designed NTC’s original landscaping. Our heritage makes our space unique—and a centerpiece of historic San Diego. With the end of Cold War, the Navy gradually wound down activity at NTC and officially closed in 1997.
Then the grounds gradually transitioned into the Liberty Station we know today. The City of San Diego gained ownership of the property in 2000, repurposing the site into a center for commerce, history, and arts. Today Liberty Station lends itself for guests to make memories, enjoy history, and simply live life. Watch a sunset paint the San Diego sky as a concert begins. Recline on a picnic blanket with fresh-baked bread and your best friend. Find that perfect birthday gift. Explore historic landmarks as you wander the spacious courts and plazas.
Liberty Station delights in quality and seeks to curate an array of shopping, dining and event experiences. From sophisticated boutiques to engaging entertainment, Liberty Station thoughtfully planned enriching ways to spend your morning, afternoon, or evening in our historic district. Liberty Station is dedicated to inspiring community. Just as Liberty Station was a historic Naval hub, the community envisions becoming San Diego’s Town Square. As a place that’s steeped in history, Liberty Station is a timeless destination.
To build a stronger city community, Liberty Station invites you to participate in their cultural center.
For more information, visit the Little Italy San Diego website at www.LibertyStation.com.
Historic Lincoln Heights
Los Angeles, CA
Established in 2001
The Historic Lincoln Heights PBID has 4 Board of Directors that oversee the assessments brought in to the organization for maintenance, promotion, staff and more.’
For more information, visit the Historic Lincoln Heights website at www.HistoricLincolnHeights.com.
Established in 2012
Downtown Glendale is the fourth-largest city in the Los Angeles area with major employers, plentiful housing in the downtown corridor, two of the best shopping malls anywhere, a historic and newly renovated theater, funky small shops, good nightlife and some of the best restaurants in Southern California.
The Business Improvement District in Downtown Glendale supports and promotes business along the Brand Boulevard corridor. Our organization is creating a downtown area that is clean, safe and filled with fun. Our goal is to make the downtown district a destination where you might live, work and play.
Downtown Glendale is far ahead of the curve when it comes to the “New Urbanism” movement that promotes the idea of “live, work and play” in the same area. As a place to live, downtown Glendale is filled with choices from funky to modern. You can walk to work as there are dozens of major companies in our financial center or close to downtown. World-class shopping and unique, small merchants line Brand Boulevard. Some of the best restaurants and bars in LA are on our streets, and more are on the way. The historic Alex Theatre boasts some entertainment gems that appeal to all tastes.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Downtown District is the cleanliness. Our ambassadors keep the streets sparkling. Our future is bright. The district is making plans to relocate and create an awesome Farmers Market, and to create more opportunities for play after work.
The Business Improvement District is privately funded with property tax money paid by the property owners in the district. We do not use taxpayer dollars for our projects.
For more information, visit the Downtown Glendale website at www.DowntownGlendale.com.
Downtown San Leandro
San Leandro, CA
Established in 2013
The San Leandro Improvement Association (SLIA) is a community benefit district (CBD) as well as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that’s directed by a 16-member board consisting of property owners, residents, community members and businesses. The SLIA board advocates on behalf of the public’s benefit in the areas of public safety, beautification, economic development, maintenance and promotions, all while preserving and building upon the historic value of the Downtown San Leandro community.
The SLIA focuses on maintaining the cleanliness of the downtown district with its dedicated maintenance staff that works seven days a week to ensure the appearance of the downtown district is upheld. SLIA also works at activating public spaces and plazas within the district boundaries with beautification elements and new developments to enhance the open spaces within the downtown area. SLIA is responsible for installing removable table and chair and potted plants in concrete planters in an effort to create a more inviting space for residents, community members and visitors. The association is always actively making decisions based off of its members’ best interest and taking on new projects from additional community events to new building design review within the downtown district—all in an effort to create a lively, safe and beautiful downtown.
For more information, visit the Downtown San Leandro website at www.DowntownSanLeandro.com.
Top of Broadway
San Francisco, CA
Established in 2013
The Top of Broadway business community represents one of the oldest and continuous commercial cultural and entertainment corridors on the West Coast. This district has a very rich history of music and adult entertainment, with venues that have been frequented by millions over the past 130 years. Formerly known as the Barbary Coast, this area is distinct as a special sub-district of the North Beach Community of San Francisco. Although the area has a rich history, in recent years the area has had safety and cleanliness issues and has suffered at times from disrepair.
The Top of Broadway Community Benefit District (CBD) was formed to address some of these issues as a community. Numerous community representatives and leaders came together to form a Steering Committee which is now in the process of forming a Board of Directors and incorporating prior to launching services. A Community Benefit District (CBD) provides essential services such as safety, cleaning and maintenance, marketing and streetscape improvements to supplement and complement those provided by the City of San Francisco. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the formation of the Top of Broadway CBD on July 23, 2013 after a majority of property owners voted in favor of formation.
For more information, visit the Top of Broadway website at www.TopOfBroadwayCBD.org.