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fallen star

fallen star

UCSD’s Stuart Art Collection received its newest addition Tuesday with the hoisting of Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star house to the top of the Jacobs School of Engineering Building. Six years in the making, and at a cost of 1.3 million, the structure will be furnished and set for a grand opening in February 2012.

– Snooze AM Eatery opens Friday morning in Hillcrest, which is pretty amazing considering its building just went up. Next door, Freebirds Burritos opened today. Across the street, Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar is going into the old Pizza Nova location… Starting to lose track but there’s another Malarkey restaurant coming, this time in Point Loma, called Gabardine – in the old La Playa Bistro spot… LA Times says a Katsuya restaurant is indeed going into the Andaz downtown (goodbye Quarter Kitchen), and it’ll be big – 6000 square feet.

– The America’s Cup World Series continues this weekend on the San Diego harbor, with free concerts from Chromeo Friday and Diplo Saturday. Here’s some pics from last weekend:

– Kensington residents are being asked to pay a special $75 fee for repair of historic street lights. We attended last year’s Kensington-Talmadge meeting where some attendees balked at paying a yearly fee for a variety of neighborhood services no longer covered by our broke city. The message seemed to be that the city should pay for historic street light repair at the expense of other more critical services for the rest of the city – this is Kensington after all. With neighbors like these, I’d set expectations pretty low for the new fee’s passage, but we’ll have to wait and see.

meet the jetsons

meet the jetsons

The frame is up for Snooze AM‘s new home on 5th in Hillcrest north of University:

and the west side of this block is now a solid line of buildings. While the Shepard Fairey mural will be missed, the parking lot won’t be. Snooze just opened their Boulder location and the interior looks rather Jetsons-ish (from their website):

And now we know (courtesy of Troy Johnson) what’s going in next door to Snooze in that building: d Bar Desserts, also from Denver, and sure to pose some friendly competition to Chocolat down the street.

We walked past the construction site Saturday on our way to Brazen BBQ, which was doing a brisk business again. The changes the new owners made to that building’s exterior – toning down the 80’s architecture, adding a large patio (facing 5th ave, which is more pedestrian-friendly than Washington), and installing a bar with indoor/outdoor seating – has certainly had a positive impact on this corner.

– More new restaurants coming to downtown: The Feast reports on Bolillo Tortas, going in next door to Cost Plus on 4th ave (with another slated for Hillcrest)… Look for a new Counter burger joint at “6th and G”, according to an interview with the owners on CW6 – in the old Borders or in the empty ground-floor retail spot across the street? We’re guessing the latter… Rumors of LA-based Katsuya coming to San Diego, perhaps at the Quarter Kitchen location?… Also on the menu, according to Eater LA: a Border Grill and an Innovative Dining Group location.

– It’ll probably never happen in vision-challenged San Diego, but capping I-5 between Balboa Park and downtown is the subject of an article in today’s UT. Now if we could just get Irwin Jacobs to refocus his attention to the south of his unnecessary bypass bridge…

It’s encouraging that the freeway lids actually appear in CCDC’s Community Plan:

Covering I-5 with eight lids is official policy, as expressed in the Centre City Community Plan and, at $300 million, five of them show up on a list of $1.8 billion in public projects proposed for the next 30 years.

Five lids would be built on the north side of downtown, from Second to Eighth Avenue, and three on the east side from G to J streets. The park lid would be north of El Cortez between Sixth and Eighth.

…until you remember that CCDC’s budget has been cut by 80%. Here’s a map showing the proposed lid locations, from CCDC’s planning report:

– Speaking of the Balboa Park Bypass boondoggle, we parked and walked across Cabrillo Bridge last night to see Rocky Horror at the Globe (which was lots of fun) and we didn’t need an underground parking garage or bypass bridge to make it happen. Start up tram service for disabled folks, close Cabrillo Bridge for special events and spend the 40 million elsewhere in the park.

– This past weekend brought beautiful tropical skies to San Diego and warm temperatures even at the coast. We could have used a few more like it this summer, which was the second consecutive year where June through September were all cooler than normal (based on average max temperatures). In fact, last weekend was second only to the final weekend of August for summer/fall’s warmest.