Downtown National City prospered between WWI and WWII and population rose from 1,733 in 1910 to 21,199 in 1950. Shipbuilding and the Navy were important additions to the bayfront. The postcard view below from post-WWII shows a National Avenue with theaters, clothing stores, radio shops, and a new bus line.
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National City downtown at National Ave. and 8th Street.

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