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.

A band warms up in advance of the Nov. 1 ground-breaking ceremony for Quartyard II in East Village. (Photo by Brenda Vergara)

Now with the help of the city of San Diego, Civic San Diego, the Quartyard Management team and their undying fans, RAD LAB plans to bring the space back into operation in early 2018.

The spot became a model for other cities to take advantage of rundown, blighted or abandoned urban lots and creating a “pop-up” community centerpiece.

Quartyard Management and RAD LAB plan to build a community brick entrance to the new site, where fans of can leave a permanent message of support on a brick, similar to entrances at Petco Park and the Downtown San Diego Library.

To for information or to purchase your brick, visit

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