A short uphill walk from the Little Italy trolley stop brought us to the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood.
Then, in the early 1990′s, local residents and the business community began to revive the neighborhood.
We don't know if placing tables and chairs at intervals along the sidewalk (two photos below) was part of that revival effort, but they certainly contribute to establishing a neighborhood. They encourage people to relax and maintain connections with friends and neighbors.
"San Diego’s Little Italy is not only a model urban neighborhood for the City of San Diego, but is also serving as a model for the handful of Little Italys remaining throughout the country.