"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 an ongoing series.
Name: Myrna Marston
Location: CityFront Terrace in the Marina District
Personal deets: A fourth-generation San Diegan, I’ve been downtown for 8 years. I’m a public relations consultant and live with my fiancé, Craig.
Reason for moving downtown: I was single and wanted a change of pace after living in Point Loma for 25 years.
Working from home: I love working from home! In the PR business I don’t really have a routine. Some days, I can take off and play tennis in the middle of the day. Other times, I will get a call from a client with a crisis at 9 p.m.
Best aspect of your current location: The CityFront staff, hands down. Very professional, very friendly, and when you walk through the door they say, “Welcome home.”
Worst aspect of your specific building: Very narrow parking ramps. Because of that, I am no longer “allowed” to park the car. The staff would tease me and ask “Has Craig has put bubble wrap around the car, yet?”
Best reason to live downtown: The lifestyle. It’s not for everyone, but we don’t have kids and like to travel. We can just lock up and go. We can also walk to world-class restaurants and concert venues. I gave up owning a car three years ago. Never thought I would do that. Like most Californians I was married to my car. I have not missed it for even one single day.
Pets: I used to have a beautiful Airedale named Piper, but I don’t think I could have handled her in a downtown environment.
Scooters: A disaster waiting to happen. The worst rollout of something new in the city, ever. You mainly see young adults buzzing by with disregard for safety and rule-following.
Parking advice: Use Uber.
Worst part of living downtown: The homeless population. It breaks my heart and I wish more could be done to get them off the street and into permanent housing.
Homelessness: My PR business has me actively engaged in the issue of homelessness. I work with local business leaders who work tirelessly to find solutions to this problem that has gone on too long. I think progress is being made, but we still have a long way to go.
Safety: I just tackled a PR project in Los Angeles’ Skid Row. It was awful to observe and absorb the horrific conditions of so many lives. Downtown San Diego is not as bad, though I do avoid parts of East Village.
Food shopping: The downtown Ralphs.
Favorite downtown event: When the Davis Cup (tennis) was played at Petco Park (2014).
Padres games: Every once-in-a-while. I love the world-class stadium more than I love the game of baseball. SDSun
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