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The bird is (still) the word(nerd)

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffee House, a 25-plus-year fixture in San Diego’s Seaport Village, announced on Dec. 5 its planned closure by the end of that month. It was going the way of countless small independents before it, succumbing to the book sales behemoth, Amazon.com, and a national coffeehouse chain that had opened across the street two years before.

Upstart Crow store manager, Judith Calleros, captured the store’s situation in one sentence: “People would come in with Starbucks cups in their hands, look at our books and buy nothing.”

Cleaning up the Gaslamp

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Featured, News | 1 Comment

New training initiative targets lack of compliance Morgan M. Hurley | Editor The Gaslamp Quarter — which takes up 16 and a half city blocks of Downtown San Diego — was designated as a “national historic district” by the National Park Service in 1981. As a result of this designation, all businesses within the historic […]

It’s designated

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

San Diego’s revered and historic firehouse honored on national register By Dave Schwab The nonprofit San Diego Firehouse Museum (SDFM), located in Little Italy San Diego, was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). That special designation preserves the museum’s vintage collection of fire vehicles, apparatus, tools and photos dating back 125 […]

Ready, set, exchange

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, News | No Comments

A month of museum visits awaits By Gina McGalliard If you love museums, May is going to be your lucky month. The San Diego Museum Council is having their “Big Exchange” — an event that allows patrons the opportunity to visit a wide assortment of institutions, a number of other arts and cultural destinations and […]

Swift boats and firefights

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By John Gregory

American sailors faced incredible danger while patrolling coastal and inland waterways during America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. One such sailor is Bob Bolger, a Vietnam veteran who has accrued more than 2,700 hours as a volunteer at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Bolger can tell visitors every detail about PCF 816, a swift boat on display at the museum.

Swift boats are 50-foot-long, aluminum-hulled sea craft commonly used during Vietnam to stop enemy supplies from being transported south. A tour of PCF 816 is impressive, especially when viewing its menacing 50 caliber machine guns. It’s even more impressive when accompanied by Bolger describing his combat experiences.

Downtown News Briefs – May 2017

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Downtown Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments

CULINARY FUNDRAISER BENEFITS LITERACY At the San Diego Council on Literacy’s eighth annual “Eat.Drink.Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy,” foodies will savor imaginative bites and brews prepared by the region’s finest chefs on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park.

Town halls, taxes and bunnies

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News, Politics | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch In our last column, Darrell Issa (R-49), Duncan Hunter (R-50), and Susan Davis (D-53) had each held town hall events in their respective districts, and as we noted at the time, the tenor of the gatherings was much different for the Republican members of Congress than it was for Susan […]

From the bayou to the bay

By Wendy Lemlin Elected official from Louisiana to experience ‘Gator’ first hand How authentic is the Louisiana-themed joie de vivre evidenced at the annual Gator by the Bay Festival, happening May 11-14 at Spanish Landing Park? So authentic that it caught the attention of Louisiana’s Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who has cleared his very busy […]

A soaring return

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Features, News, Special Events, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

Abu Dhabi, Budapest … San Diego?

These global cities might appear an unlikely mix, but they share a common bond this year: Each is among eight select locales throughout the world hosting a Red Bull Air Race at some point in 2017.