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!
The San Diego Moose Lodge, at 1648 30th Street, has been largely unused since it caught fire February 10th, 2010. It was sold by the Moose organization in 2018. See the San Diego Uptown News' February 21, 2020 edition for more about the property. ** I approached people at a few gatherings over the last … Continue reading What Would You Do, San Diego?
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
An Alano Club stands defiantly catty-corner to a liquor store. That's not a joke waiting for a punchline. It's a fact of life at 30th and Grape Streets in South Park SD. Recovery and drugs of addiction are as art and real estate in this village. A Moose Lodge burned down in the center of … Continue reading South Park SD: Burmese Monk Mural
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!
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
One of the things I looove about South Park SD is the beauty residents intentionally create for passersby. It is part of what makes South Park SD who "we" are. Following is a sample: This could be titled "Bedlam". Some from the kids. At least I hope these were done by children... San Diego International … Continue reading South Park SD: Deliberate Beauty
When you buy a lot in South Park you don't buy just so many feet of land. South Park has an individuality. It is a high-class residence section. A fashionable neighborhood, in a beautiful location. You would enjoy living in South Park. My neighbors and I agree that quote is on the money, so to … Continue reading South Park SD: Who Are “We” Today?
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
"Oh, you live in South Park? I looove South Park." I hear that from a lot of San Diegans. San Diego, if you hadn't guessed, is the "SD" in South Park SD. Zip code 92102. And from anyone who visits. Family, friends, acquaintances. They all looove South Park. The thing is, my wife and I … Continue reading I LOOOVE South Park SD