By Scott McGaugh

No urban is as pleased with its army background as San Diego, often called military city, united states. Congress additionally has exact San Diego because the Birthplace of Naval Aviation. even if, its neighborhood textile displays a extra different and tightly woven courting with our international locations security. over the last century, town has invented after which reinvented itself according to moving global affairs and nationwide priorities. it all started with a profitable crusade to develop into a West Coast military base within the early 1900s. by means of the Thirties, army plane production drove monetary improvement. After explosive progress in international warfare II, San Diego emerged as a longtime army city. on the sunrise of the chilly struggle, San Diego recast itself as a house for chilly conflict examine and improvement and safety contractors. this present day, San Diego is an across the world well known safety technology and know-how improvement heart, a urban during which one in 4 jobs and entirely 50 percentage of local household product are safety comparable. Like no different urban in the US, San Diego has grown from a distant army presidio outpost to develop into a preeminent Pacific powerhouse.

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They envisioned a permanent research station north of San Diego, near Long Beach (known today as La Jolla Shores). Scripps family money was used to purchase 170 acres from the City of San Diego on an isolated bluff overlooking the sea. Only the structures shown here existed in 1912. Shortly after this photograph was taken, 12 cottages, an executive director’s house, a library, a 1,000-foot-long pier, and an 85-foot ship, the Alexander Agassiz, were constructed. “I have never . . asked either Mr.

San Diego mayor Edwin Capps later wrote, “I feel that I am expressing the sentiment of the people of our city when I say that we very appreciatively acknowledge our obligation to (the military) for contributing to the success of our fair and for the cordial co-operation which has always been given . . ” City voters approved several transfers of land to the Navy for the development of naval facilities, in one case by a 13,857-305 margin. 44 An Era of Opportunity: 1908–1916 Ellen Browning Scripps played a key role in forming what became the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and national defense partnership of today.

In addition, the city granted 142 acres of tideland. Congressman Kettner later secured a $1 million federal appropriation for construction of the naval training station. 50 Birth of a Military Metropolis: 1917–1921 Thousands of sailor recruits, 40 percent of whom could not swim, were trained in Balboa Park, three miles from the ocean. San Diego did not have a large municipal pool. The solution was to take over the park’s renowned lily pond in 1918. It was deepened, lined with concrete, and a new water system exchanged its 450,000 gallons daily.

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