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Comments by opassons

AT&T building still a “public nuisance” in North Park?

This site is in the process of being developed. There's a group with a plan for senior housing on one lot (the west parking lot) and the opportunity to develop the other (the building). AT&T can do a better job of sending someone there regularly to remove the trash and the commercial broker should probably do more to clean up graffiti on his sign. Has anyone tried calling Doug Matheson directly to let him know the tags are there? Even if we'd like entities to take a pro-active approach, sometimes a little neighborly help direct to the source can help. I'm going to email Doug and a contact at AT&T and see if they can agree between them to send someone more regularly. Seems like an easy enough thing to do. I'd also suggest bypassing generic calls to the SDPD in favor of contacting Officer Jenny Hall, our Community Relations Officer for SDPD, directly. She is extremely responsive and actually does care about the issues neighbors raise. You can reach her at jmason (at) pd (dot) sandiego (dot) gov. And if you want to take a more active role in preventing these types of things, please email me and we can work together with Councilmember Gloria's office and a handful of other neighbors and businesses to address these issues. My email address is opassons (at) gmail (dot) com. Would love to help any neighbors in Greater North Park/University Heights/South Park, ehhh, mid-city generally, who need it. Cheers
— April 3, 2013 12:57 p.m.

Provisions, Soda & Swine coming to Normal Heights

These conversations always surprise me. I stumbled across this page today. Arsalun and Nathan, your concept is fantastic. We went today, our server Melissa was lovely, knowledgeable and very, very friendly. We tried almost everything on the menu in S & S and a few drinks in Polite Provisions. Very nice attention to detail with the classic finishings. The skillet-presented dishes could stand to be a bit warmer, but that'll come with time. As for this "where is it" debate, the reality is that it is in both Greater North Park and Normal Heights. Communities - not just official planning maps - define where people call home. Historical North Park as a community stopped further south, but if you look you can find a historical map to say at least three different things. People are starting to call parts of North Park all sorts of things, and honestly community pride of any shade should be celebrated. These two establishments are served by a Business Improvement District that cuts across four communities. One much more important point. We tried to go first on Friday and it was so packed we ended up at Cantina Mayahuel. They were busier than we've ever seen them. Host said it was directly related to PP and S&S. This, in my opinion, is the real story. Synergies making a portion of the community stronger. Welcome to the community, please do your best to support the many groups out trying to help make it cleaner, safer, more walkable and vibrant for neighbors. Nice work, gents.
— March 3, 2013 7:31 p.m.

Showdown in The Parks

Full disclosure: I own a home in North Park, am trying to run a business that connects the area, and I am generally not a conspiracy theorist. I like South Park, alot. The business owners are friendly and it is just not a pretentious place at all. I don't know why some people are so upset about calling it South Park, it is both part of Golden Hill and has its own identity, what's the problem? I agree with whoever said that the whole "divide" issue is much more about official and pseudo-official groups than about people. Ask 500 people in the area if they like Toronado or Ritual or Alchemy or Blind Lady or Viva Pops or Daily Scoop and the majority will say "yes, glad to have them." And my experience is most don't care to fight over the differences between North Park, South Park or the other parts of the extended area. There's alot more positive that can be done to help our entire corridor thrive, both from a business standpoint and in terms of protecting our open space and quality of life. We would do well to find commonality rather than focusing so intently on eachother's warts. Most days I don't have to use a car to go anywhere in this area, which is a byproduct of having bike friendly places around that let you feel like you are part of a community, not just living somewhere. For those who feel like the area is losing its soul, all I can say is for every jerk who stumbles through at 1AM on Friday treating our neighborhoods like a trash can, I regularly meet 2 or 3 new families or small business owners who put their hearts into the area.
— August 12, 2010 4 p.m.

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