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UT San Diego "Art & Commerce Collide In North Park"

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

From the article by James Chute, found here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/aug/25/north-park-artists/ [...] 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.

 
Friends of the North Park Branch Library Are Now Recruiting!

Friends of the North Park Branch Library Are Now Recruiting!

What Do Friends Do? Volunteer when your schedule permits Volunteer weekly or monthly Take a leadership role and join the Board Work with the Book Sale Team Strengthen the voice of North Park residents simply by being a Friend. How Much Is a Membership? Annual membership fees start as low as $5 or $10. No one will pressure you to donate money. Friends can donate additional time or money, it’s your choice! How do I get started? Contact the Friends by email at northparkfriends@googlegroups.com or call the North Park Branch Library at (619) 533-3972 for more information.

 
USA Today's 10 Best names North Park's THE MISSION as one of the top brunch spots in San Diego

USA Today’s 10 Best names North Park’s THE MISSION as one of the top brunch spots in San Diego

From the article found here: http://www.10best.com/destinations/california/san-diego/restaurants/breakfast-brunch/ "This is one place where waiting for a table proves worthwhile – The Mission is the local favorite for hearty, unusual breakfasts and lunches. Fill up on Chino-Latino and American dishes like the Zen Breakfast (scrambled egg whites, braised tofu, brown rice, and lightly grilled veggies), the Desayuno Burrito (tortilla filled with potatoes, eggs, cheese, beans, and chipotle cream), strawberry-granola pancakes, and roast beef hash and eggs. Great coffee; wonderful quesadillas, wraps and tacos for lunch. Prices are reasonable and portions are huge with some saying a stack of pancakes can feed multiple people. The Mission is also very kid-friendly."

 

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
    connectivity;
  • 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.
 

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