In all seriousness, and not to further hijack this thread, but if it wasn't for the Padres and the construction of Petco, the East Village and the Gaslamp would still be a rundown area littered with the homeless and vagabonds.
Not that the area is completely free of them now (see behind Public Library), but the East Village is certainly a much more cleaner (dare I say, gentrified) area now than it was 10 years ago.
Maybe one doesn't like the restaurants in the EV or the Gaslamp, but it is an improvement over what we had even 5 years ago.
And lets not forget the new Public Library. I don't think that would've happened but for the build out in that area.