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North Park Main Street

North Park Main Street Receives Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant

We are honored to have recently received a grant that will help us continue to improve our processes for North Park Main Street. Thanks to the County of San Diego for extending a Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant to us. We could not be more thrilled! This grant provides funds to non-profit community organizations for one-time community needs. With this, we will be able to make necessary technological changes so that we can continue growing North Park’s businesses. We are extremely grateful for this grant and the continued support we have received. To the County of San Diego, we would again like to extend our greatest thanks, and show our appreciation for all of our North Park supporters. We couldn’t do what we do, without you!  

North Park Cocktail Contest

Taste of North Park 2014 : Craft Cocktails!

North Park, San Diego, CA – The search is on for the Ultimate North Park Cocktail! Taste of North Park is excited to announce the first ever Craft Cocktail Competition in conjunction with this year’s festivities. A friendly competition amongst our craft cocktail connoisseurs, your favorite North Park watering holes will design a unique version of the “Official North Park Cocktail” (to be determined). Submissions will be judged by the community as well as a panel of experts. Join us on October 3th at the kickoff Movie Night and Beer Garden, where the local mixologists will showcase their creations. These specialty cocktails will be available for purchase at their respective bars September 12 – October 11 for public consideration. Be sure to vote for your favorite on Facebook to decide who poured it best! The winning libation will be announced to at the start of Taste on Saturday October 11th. A donation will be made to the winning vendor’s charity of choice. The Taste of North Park offers participants an opportunity to sample from popular restaurants like Tacos Perla and Ritual Tavern while also taking in the eclectic boutiques like Aloha Sunday and Pigment where craft brewers will be servingmore

Lynne Susholtz

UT San Diego “Art & Commerce Collide In North Park”

From the article by James Chute, found here: [...] By any measure, North Park’s revitalization has been a huge success, with the community’s core business district, extending outward from University Avenue and 30th Street, transforming itself into what Forbes Magazine recently called one of America’s “hippest hipster neighborhoods.” But one of the key elements that gives North Park its cachet is its artists, who started taking advantage of the neighborhood’s affordable spaces in the ’90s. And they’ve contributed considerably more than cachet — whether it’s Lynn Susholtz’s Art Produce Gallery, which transformed itself into something resembling a community center as much as an art gallery, or David White’s Agitprop Space, which regularly hosted innovative, community-based projects, including “There Goes the Neighborhood.” [...] Read the full article at the link to UT San Diego above.


North Park Mainstreet

North Park Mainstreet and 30th

North Park Main Street is a Business Improvement District (BID) in San Diego, California and is a joint program of the City of San Diego, the San Diego BID Council, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is primarily a volunteer based organization. The North Park BID is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the revitalization of the North Park neighborhood in San Diego. To do such, it follows the Main Street Four Point Approach TM, Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion. North Park Main Street embarks on many ambitious and worthy endeavors, all aimed at bringing new life and a lasting vitality to North Park.


Sustainable North Park Mainstreet

North Park Farmer's Market

The Sustainability Challenge:

In 2009, Wayne Donaldson, California’s State Historic Preservation Officer, challenged North Park Main Street to become the state’s first Sustainable Main Street program.

Community leaders embraced this challenge and later that year convened a group of local stakeholders to develop the framework of a sustainability plan in North Park. Working in partnership with volunteer professionals at Platt/Whitelaw Architects, OBR Architecture, and Zagrodnik+Thomas Architects, NPMS drafted a
set of goals & objectives for a Sustainable North Park Main Street Program:

  • Maintain the cultural and historic
    integrity of the built and social environment;
  • Increase resource efficiency and
    conservation within the District;
  • Increase internal community
  • Provide a setting for a sustainable
    green economy.

The Implementation Plan: (Download 18 MB PDF)
A volunteer effort over eight months enabled North Park Main Street to secure a grant from the State Office of Historic Preservation to develop the Implementation Plan, which is to be used in a number of ways:

  • Using individual buildings as precise case studies, this Plan is intended to be used as a handbook for Main Street Sustainability Program Staff to educate and
    inspire building owners and business operators about how they can participate in the broader vision of a green North Park.
  • By demonstrating the discrete components of a sustainability program, the Plan can be used by North Park Main Street to generate interest in potential funders to implement the various components of the plan.
  • By illustrating the vision of coordinated public investments in the right-of-way,the Plan serves as a handbook for the public agencies and community advocacy groups who oversee and implement public works.
  • Designed with “open architecture”, the publication is intended to be a living, growing document that can be augmented with additional digital building models, completed projects, or community proposals.
  • The appendices serve both as technical manuals and as on-going records of the accomplishments of the district toward meeting its sustainability goals.