"Living In the City" is the San Diego Sun's feature Q&A with downtown San Diego residents. It's a way to get to know the city by meeting the people who live here. This is the first in an ongoing series.
Name: Danny Rolls
Location: Marina Park Condominiums (Marina District)
Personal deets: Lived in San Diego seven years; downtown for four years. I'm an Escalation Management Leader at Dell Technologies. Live with my girlfriend, Alina. Originally from Blackstone, Massachusetts
Working from home: Yes. Most of my work includes virtual meetings so it’s very easy to work remotely.
Best aspect of your location: My building is in between the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and Seaport Village. It's a short walk to each, but we don't have the heavy traffic or partying noise of those areas.
Worst aspect of your location: We live in an older building, with older living conditions/technology. There are often elevator issues.
Best reason to live downtown: There's no need to leave the immediate area for necessities. Grocery stores, liquor stores, restaurants, bars, entertainment and gyms are all within walking distance.
Worst part of living downtown: The cost. Having all of those amenities within close proximity is great but expect to pay a price for it.
Pets: I have a 6-pound Pomeranian named Vixen who's one year old. She's easily recognizable by her pink tail. She’s well known in the area as “Pink Tail.”
Walking/biking/driving: I try to do a four-mile harbor walk four nights a week. Having the harbor so close is a good excuse to exercise.
Scooters: It’s more about the user than the scooter. Perhaps have a breathalyzer test to get them started?
Coffee shop: Kuma Café. Run by a couple who're following their dream to start a coffee shop. They serve an incredible cold brew, great lattes and a strong iced Americano.
Dinner spot: Water Grill San Diego on J Street. They have the best clam chowder I’ve ever had (and I’m from Massachusetts, so that’s saying something). Their seafood is always fresh.
Safety: The popular areas in downtown offer safety in numbers. That said, there have been a few recent shootings in downtown San Diego. One was near Taste and Thirst.
Scariest moment: Alina and I were driving back into the city on Broadway during a demonstration. A very large group of individuals started to surround us--screaming and pounding on the car. I took a wrong turn down a one-way street to avoid the situation.
Homelessness: Most people experiencing homelessness are not bothering anyone. The few who seem to be on something can be unpredictable and scary.
Padres games: I have season tickets. I would recommend it for anyone living downtown. The blue package is affordable and flexible. I took my family from Boston to games a few years ago. All three games we went to were less expensive than seeing one Red Sox game in Boston.
Best insider tip: Happy Hours. Try as many as you can. You’ll be surprised how creative the food items are and how cheap the drinks can be. SDSun
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