South Park SD: Beautiful San Diego!

A Target store stares greedily across its football field of a parking lot at The Big Kitchen, which leans, politically speaking, slightly to the left of Karl Marx. The buildings' adjacent spots, at the elbowed intersections of Fern and Grape Streets, represent the tension of this neighborhood's history. Artists, musicians, and those on the fringes … Continue reading South Park SD: Beautiful San Diego!

South Park SD: The Weight of a Catapult

Last night I joined 2 dozen other avid readers at The Book Catapult, in South Park SD, to discuss The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander. Catapult co-owner Seth Marko was the group's therapist. It began innocently as a few of us, mostly familiar to one another, took our usual places at ten minutes … Continue reading South Park SD: The Weight of a Catapult

South Park SD: Welcome!

Lots of ways to greet people at your door. "Hello. May I help you?" "Get your @%!#s in here!""Salutations. Please depart the premises.""And how long might you be staying?" All winners depending entirely on who just knocked. There is another, more joyous, deliberately care-full (and I mean that word just the way it was intended, … Continue reading South Park SD: Welcome!

South Park SD: Minerva’s Community

Who says art and business can't be bffs? Walk eastward across South Park SD on Beech Street from 28th Street, at stately Balboa Park, towards tree-lined Fern Street. At the intersection with busy 30th Street, you will be suddenly greeted by the Goddess of Wisdom and Strength. The Romans called her "Minerva." She's encircled clockwise … Continue reading South Park SD: Minerva’s Community

South Park SD: The Trees of Fern Street

What gives South Park SD its distinctive look and feel? Grape Street Dog Park? Popular spots such as Buona Forchetta, Hamilton's Tavern, and the recently famous Shawarma Guys? The Artwork? Yes, they are all wonderful. However I believe it is tree-lined Fern Street that charms visitors. Thanks to its canopy and dappled sunlight, Fern looks … Continue reading South Park SD: The Trees of Fern Street