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The good old parking days

The good old parking days

West Bean is open in the Mister A’s building in Bankers Hill, which received a makeover after Papa Doug purchased it in 2016:

The North Park Observatory was temporarily closed recently over safety and alcohol issues.  I was out of town and didn’t realize the Big Boi show we attended last Thursday was the first after the venue re-opened:

In Normal Heights, Discount Fabrics in the former Adams Avenue Theater is closing, because the building has been sold, or it hasn’t. It was fascinating to read the store’s owner disparage Normal Heights because street parking is in demand. As he pined for the good old parking days, he somehow left out the fact that Adams Avenue was a “fading middle class neighborhood“, a “place of crime and troubled teens” and gang fights. I’ll never understand folks who prioritize street parking over basic quality of life in their communities.

Speaking of NIMBYs, this week’s Reader also casts a negative light on Little Italy’s economic rebound because the street parking just ain’t what it used to be:

Rosalie and Tom recall during the late 1990s, one day, on-street parking was scarcer than usual. This was a bellwether. Suddenly, they noticed buildings rising above the wire wreaths of telephone poles. Since then, the encroachment is on. The new generation of occupiers are carless; they like not having a Vons or a Target; they Uber or ride the trolley; they are cool, hip, and options-fat.

 

Development and zoning:

 

Transportation:

children’s park makeover

children’s park makeover

The park and water feature north of the convention center are set for a re-do to make the area more kid-friendly. A new play area will complement the existing Children’s Museum Park across Front Street, new seat walls will be added, and a restroom and food vendor (I like the rotating food truck option) will be onsite. The northern half of the existing pond will be reduced in depth to a quarter inch and LED lights will be installed.

Heading east on Harbor, in front of Tin Fish, the perpetually-broken water fountain at Gaslamp Square Park will be removed. It will be repaved with bricks, creating a new public gathering space complete with benches. It’s good to see two neglected areas in this high-profile location getting some attention.

Night on Adams is this Saturday evening, neighborhood businesses will be offering various specials… there’s a benefit for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami at the Kyocera that day from 9-3. Check out the San Diego Coffee Roasters event there:

* coffee & tea sales
* brewed coffee & tea by the cup (tea to be confirmed)
* coffee flights of single-origin coffees
* Japanese pastries
* home coffee roasting kits (roaster+green coffee beans) for sale or silent auction
* *** featuring a Behmor 1600 one pound coffee roaster, ($300 value!)
* home coffee roasters on display
* green coffee beans on display

– After 20 years in the making, construction has begun on the Rose Creek Bikeway in Mission Bay. It will run between Campland on the Bay and Mission Bay Golf Course, providing an alternative to cyclists and pedestrians to the speedway out on Grand Ave. Here’s the city project summary; map image below. Construction should be complete in February or March of next year.

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More bike-related news: Bike the Boulevard returns on May 21st:

This event is supported by and for businesses and bicycle riding folks along El Cajon Blvd from around 47th St. to 21st St. with scheduled stops at Till Two with a kick-off party from 12 to 2, Bike Oasis sponsored by the Bike Union from 2 to 3, , Eleven for $1 off craft beers (ride responsibly folks!), Bedouin Vintage for Art from 4 to 5, Lafayette Hotel for pool side cocktails (more responsible riding, right?) and then to Live Wire from 7 to 8 for Indie Bicycle Flicks and $1 off local craft beers.

Mission Brewery has opened a brewing operation in the old Wonderbread building downtown. According to their facebook page: “On Padres Game days, (Unless otherwise specified) Mission’s tasting room will be open from 2 hours prior to game start until 8PM that day!”.

– Expanded free wifi is coming to Balboa Park, courtesy of the Jacobs Foundation. Now if the Jacobs would just take heed of the National Trust’s warning that their bypass bridge plan could “adversely affect the integrity of the National Historic Landmark District”. Loss of National Landmark status could cause the park to lose out on federal grants for park rehabilitation projects.