The neighborhood experienced an increase in industrial areas throughout the 1950s and 60s due to rezoning the city from a residential zone to an industrial one, resulting in the degradation of the city. NASSCO was founded in 1905 and moved into the neighborhood during World War II and got into the shipbuilding business. The base was redesignated as a U.S. Naval Repair Base in 1943 and continued until the war ended. Much of the economy in the area was dictated by the base. Because of the area was rezoned, it got an influx of junkyards and eventually lost a huge portion of its residents due to the construction of the Interstate 5 freeway and loss of housing. Today the industry of Barrio Logan is beginning to shift from big industries to include more locally owned restaurants, breweries, stores, and art galleries due to relatively low rent. The area gets comparisons to a nearby neighborhood named North Park.
Barrio Logan’s transformation into an art inspired neighborhood came about due to the the Coronado Bridge’s encroachment of its highway cutting through the city; furthermore, this allowed the expression of artists in the form of murals, art galleries, and culinary expression . For instance, when talking about the murals at Chicano Park they are the world’s most expensive murals in relation to Chicano art and culture. The art can be seen ranging from the revolutionaries of Mexico a throwback to the initial population migration of the fleeing refugees of the Mexican Civil War in the early 1920s to contemporary Chicano activists such as Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez. Furthermore, Chicano Park also itself holds significant cultural value to the residents of the neighborhood who fought tirelessly for their right to the park that their city had promised, and as a result, created an attitude and tireless spirit in Barrio Logan to fight for what is right and preserve their land. In terms of cuisine Barrio Logan has several restaurants but among the most popular remains Las Cuatro Milpas a restaurant founded during the inception of Barrio Logan that cooks using a traditional method of frying everything in pig lard retaining the traditional aspect on preserving family recipes. Lastly with limited space in Barrio Logan and abandoned lots becoming prevalent rather than scarce many residents began turning these lots into art galleries such as La Bodega which now holds music nights, exhibitions, and many more events.