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Plaza Del Pasado
San Diego
North of San Diego's Old Town Plaza lies the area's unofficial center, built to represent a colonial Mexican square and until recently known as Bazaar del Mundo. In mid-2005, this collection of shops and restaurants around a central courtyard formerly in blossom with magenta bougainvillea, scarlet hibiscus, and other flowers in season, was transferred to new management and remodeled to what it might have looked like in the early California days, from 1821 to 1872, complete with shops stocked with items reminiscent of that era. Nine shops are open and there are also three restaurants, including Casa de Reyes, serving Mexican food. The transformation of this area is not popular with the San Diegans, however, who loved shopping, drinking margaritas, and listening to live mariachi music in their old bursting-with-color bazaar even if it was not an authentic representation of Old San Diego. They lament that the color-free Plaza del Pasado (Place of the Past) is all too accurate a representation of the arid San Diego of yore.
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Uploaded: 04/09/2008
Updated: 11/02/2012
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