It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

David Adey

Live: Point Loma
Work: Little Italy
How Long: 18 years

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in New Jersey, 20 minutes from NYC.
When did you move here and why?
I came to San Diego in 1990 to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. I had a friend who attended PLNU, and after seeing pictures of the oceanfront campus I was fixated. Having never been west of Philadelphia, Southern California seemed foreign and exotic. I moved into Young Hall, a frisbee throw from the water. I’ll never forget arriving on campus for the first time and heading down the hill to Sunset Cliffs. The first person I met was my new roommate and we were in the water within minutes. The first swell of the fall was like a scene from a movie. I skipped my classes and sat on the cliffs all day.
Besides the weather, why do you remain in San Diego?
I’ve been involved in the art and design communities here now for over a decade and many of my former students are deeply involved as well. There is a sense of community and support that I don’t think you find everywhere. A couple of years ago, a museum curator came to San Diego for a few days to do studio visits for an exhibition she was putting together. She thought it was funny that we all knew each other and basically knew her schedule. I saw her again several weeks later and she mentioned how impressed she was that almost every artist she visited gave her the name of another artist she should meet with, and how different that was from her experience in LA.