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The North Park Main Street design committee met on January 4 to discuss revitalization plans for 2011.

Amy Colony, assistant director of North Park Main Street, said, “Our main goal is to draw in businesses, retail and office, that operate during the day. Night activity is pretty healthy, so we want more daytime activity to balance it out.”

Colony said even in this economy, most property owners “are pretty well into investing money to improve their properties. They attract customers willing to spend more money.”

The nonprofit North Park Main Street is one of many San Diego business improvement districts (BID), a program of the City, the San Diego BID Council, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Though Colony admits North Park Main Street is “strapped for cash,” they did get a $50,000 government grant to install 25 metal tree grate frames along University Avenue, and construction has started on those.

Concerning movie and TV projects, Colony said it would be a “good opportunity” to work with the San Diego Film Commission. “In the commercial district quarter, we have so many amazing old buildings that we care very much about.”

One such property, the old JCPenney building at 3029 University Avenue, is being renovated for Wang's North Park, an Asian restaurant to be opened by Palm Springs restaurateurs.

Pictured: Amy Colony

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SanCarlosGuy Jan. 4, 2011 @ 10:49 p.m.

Good article, I love to read about ever evolving North Park. It's one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Diego. Wang's restaurant in Palm Springs is a landmark. They should do well in San Diego. Now, if Tropicale would come here too!

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Founder Jan. 5, 2011 @ 8:32 a.m.

The "Night activity" has resulted in so much violent crime, that North Park is now #1 in violent crime in all of San Diego!

I urge North Park Main Street to add their voice to those of the residents that live nearby the business district to limit any more "Late Night" (Midnight until 2AM) venues until things get safer!

Security camera and private security patrols would make NP a much safer place for everyone, since the SDPD is now operating with reduced forces.

Late Night Crime and Personal Safety are the most important issues NP faces in 2011! That should be their #1 and #2 goals, if they want to make NP more attractive!

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dwbat Jan. 13, 2011 @ 2:27 p.m.

I wonder if Founder has an official report from the SDPD that "North Park is now #1 in violent crime in all of San Diego!" I don't ever go out late at night, so am not able to offer any insight. But this sounds anecdotal to me. So it's worse than City Heights or Logan Heights? Are you SURE about that, Founder?

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 13, 2011 @ 3:51 p.m.

City Heights used to have the highest homicide rate in the city, probably the county too, but I am not sure about overall violent crime.

I like North Park, University Heights and City Heights- lived in all three areas at one time or another-heck I have lived in just about every neighborhood in this city.

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dwbat Jan. 13, 2011 @ 2:41 p.m.

OK, I just looked at the SDPD neighborhood crime reports by neighborhoods. Looks like North Park IS the highest in violent crime, with PB second. For the overall crime index, PB is the "winner" for SD.

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 13, 2011 @ 3:53 p.m.

PB has a high crime rate because of 1) the transient population, and 2) it is very dense.

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Founder Jan. 14, 2011 @ 5:14 p.m.

  1. The Party scene fosters much of the crime, especially late night between Midnight and bar/club closing 2 P.M.

  2. PB is not as dense (unless you are referring to alcohol licenses per census tract) than other areas of SD, like North Park.

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Founder Jan. 14, 2011 @ 5:09 p.m.

Thanks for taking the time to actually look it up! PB also has more alcohol licenses than NP, hence more crime!

The two stats do go together, if you want more info check out this link: http://www.pbspirits.com/2010/06/14/planning-group-discusses-alternatives-and-cup/

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