Not Booming Nor Busted! Downtown Escondido has very nice small town Cafes, Small Pubs, and Restaurants. Sure due to the economy businesses come and go but its not like their are any vacant buildings downtown. If anything they are building more extending downtown slowly past Center City Pkwy.
Also there are many great events Downtown in Escondido. Cruisin' Grand, The Bi Yearly Street Faire, First Night Escondido (for the New Year), National Night Out,(an event for the public service organizations) which gives them a chance to talk to the citizens they protect and serve about any issues they might have. They also are there to talk to the kids and let them check out all the police and firefighter gear cars and firetrucks. They are also there to talk to young future community service workers to motivate them to go for it.
All the above events are on grand street we also have a Community arts center with shows weekly.
The community arts center is the only place in North county of San Diego to see real shows commonly in the Arts Off Broadway events.
To see all the things that happen here year around go to Escondido's Official website at: http://www.ci.escondido.ca.us/events/index.ht...
I personally love my city's Downtown their is something for everyone year around in a square mile or 2 (easily walkable). Not to mention that downtown there are also events at grape day park and also a bi weekly farmers market and a weekend flea market.
So downtown you have the main drag on Grand, the Community Arts Center on Broadway near city hall, and one more block down to Escondido Blvd there is Grape Day Park and a few block further there is the Farmers Market.
Durring the street faire there are things going on in all these places which are in walking distance with free parking right in the center of it all. IMO for a smaller city its great and almost on par with downtown San Diego areas, But more compact and easier to find free parking as we have a large free lot right in the middle of it all from there all areas are in walking distance so no need for a shuttle to get to the faire from your car and you dont have to pay for parking!
IMO Everyone in north county should take advantage of all the community events in Escondido!