Areas of Focus

It takes a comprehensive vision to transform a community.
Our sights are set on creating a destination that matches the residents’ spirit and aspirations.

What We Do

The Jacobs Center partners with residents to build communities and lift lives through creative placemaking. This means providing greater access to amenities that improve quality of life, like housing, service providers, restaurants, and retailers. We also partner with community organizations and support programs that help residents …

  • find a career, not just a job
  • increase their educational success
  • develop as community leaders
  • celebrate their diversity through arts and culture events

Ultimately, the Diamond Neighborhoods will be transformed into a Neighborhood Innovation District where ideas can be incubated and small businesses are supported.

A Neighborhood Innovation
District is founded
on three things:

Networking Assets – Supporting innovation by connecting people to the resources and skills they need for success. This includes creating spaces for residents to interact through commerce, arts, and culture in order to inspire creative collaborations and spur economic growth.

Physical Assets – Developing places to increase the livability and quality of life in the community. This includes an upgraded infrastructure system to increase property values and encourage future investments, and more options for quality housing, dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Economic Assets – Increasing economic vitality through business attraction, higher-wage jobs, and entrepreneurship. Having these systems in place will help to sustain the economic health of residents as well as the land for future generations.

We are building off of existing assets in the community including our transit accessible location near downtown San Diego, the Chollas Creek that runs through the heart of the community, and the Diamond Neighborhood’s designation as one of San Diego’s nine cultural districts.