Farewell, Ms. Michell!

By Angela Wells

Our lives are made up of a string of changes — beautiful, daunting, exciting changes.

At the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), we’ve recently come face-to-face with that reality. Kris Michell, our president and CEO since 2011, has taken a new gig at City Hall, and our search for a new leader has begun.

Quartyard ground breaking

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columnists, East Village News, Featured | No Comments

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the popular Quartyard project — which brought live music, food, craft beer, a dog run and neighborhood socializing to an unused open East Village lot in 2015 —has broken ground once again, merely 500 feet from its original space, at 1102 Market St.

Started as a thesis project for a group of NewSchool Art + Design students — who became its development team, RAD LAB — the space operated for two years before shuttering last June to make way for a high rise.

Amici House will soon open in Little Italy

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columnists, Featured, Little Italy News | No Comments

By Tom Cesarini | Little Italy Heritage

Among the many contributions Italians have made in the areas of art, science, fashion, food, and a host of other categories, is also the vital emphasis placed on the sharing of bounty with the broader community.

In San Diego’s Italian community, we are witness to this through the many Italian community groups and the collective opportunities they provide. Yet the local Italians have lacked a significant home in which to break bread — a space to serve as common ground — and a place through which to celebrate all things Italian, promote the richness of the culture, and preserve the Italian historical narrative of San Diego.

Friends honor valuable volunteers

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columnists, Featured, Growing Balboa Park | No Comments

By Reema Makani Boccia

Friends of Balboa Park, a nonprofit that preserves the legacy and beauty of the park, celebrated the honorees of its 17th annual awards luncheon last month.

This year’s event, themed “Magical Menagerie,” commemorated the nonprofit’s recent acquisition of the historic Balboa Park Carousel. The luncheon also recognized institutions and organizations throughout the park that have enhanced it throughout the years.

The magic of the holidays is here

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columnists, Featured, Little Italy News | No Comments

By Christopher Gomez | Little Italy News

Come one, come all to celebrate the holiday season at the Little Italy Association’s 19th annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village. There is something for everyone at this magical yuletide extravaganza.

For nearly two decades, the Little Italy Association has brought the magic of Christmas to the heart of San Diego — each year adding more magic to the event for all to enjoy. The annual event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4–8 p.m.

The Sun Café: from corpses to cantina

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Sandee Wilhoit

The early history of Lot A/Block 082/95, where the Sun Cafe currently sits, is a most circuitous one. On March 18, 1869, Alonzo Horton sold the property to Mary C. Smith, who promptly sold it to E.P. Figg, who then returned it to Mrs. Smith, who resold it to Mr. Horton.

Mr. Horton then relinquished his interest in the property to William S. McNealy and James McCoy on Nov. 11, 1872, for $1,000 in gold coin. Both of these gentlemen were very active in early San Diego civic and business affairs.

CicloSDias V rolls through open streets of Downtown

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | East Village News, News, Top Story | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff

On Sunday, Oct. 29, an estimated 10,000 people on bikes, skates, scooters and on foot moved through the streets of Downtown and Barrio Logan as part of the city’s fifth “open street” event.

Otherwise known as CicloSDias, the event is organized by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and is San Diego’s version of the growing movement of open street celebrations that take place all across the U.S. and beyond.