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"It's a mom and pop operation with just mom," says Pat (last name withheld) of North Park antique and collectible shop Pat's Corner.

The staple boutique has been at its current location on 30th and Upas for eight years, offering an anachronistic assortment of furniture, crafts, clothing, and knick-knacks.

Now, Pat has until January 1 to clear out by order of the property owner or else face a $600 fine.

"The property was leased to some supposedly high end architecture guy," says Pat, who is currently looking for a new location. "It was a month-to-month lease, so she can do that."

Pat says the property owner also sent a letter to the cottages behind her store stating that they were over the property line.

"I've been here eight years and the owner has not done a single thing," says Pat. "The roof leaks, there's asbestos in the back, there's mold. I haven't complained at all to her. I even had the building painted myself because it looked awful."

In response, Musician and Pat's Corner regular Cervantes Magaña started a Facebook event to rally supporters, writing:

"She isn't being evicted because of a lack of business, but instead big business has decided North Park is San Diego's 'it' spot... I found out yesterday, and my heart broke... She is optimistic and resilient, she is like family to many of us and she could use our resources."

The thread has sparked a long discussion pointing fingers at primarily "hipsters" (whatever that means) and gentrification - accusations that have been lurking on the lips of North Park advocates for some time now.

"It's definitely a bummer," Pat says. "If you lined up everybody who wanted to help us, it would go down to El Cajon Boulevard. Everyone is very upset. They can't understand how it is possible. Any help anybody can give us, we would love it."

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Nic9000 Dec. 5, 2012 @ 4:03 p.m.

Pat's is one of the last funky unique cool shops in SD, I'm sad to see it go for more upscale la dee dah overpriced architecture that only the elite few can afford.

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Founder Dec. 5, 2012 @ 4:57 p.m.

Think very soon there will be a very large, very tall 4 or 5+ story building on that corner which will tower over everything as far as the eye can see! Density is coming to NP, as the City is pushing NP to "accept" ever more Density, while the more affluent neighborhoods wink and nod...

Many want NP to become very dense, like Little Italy, while for current home owners that spells doom to all those that enjoy NP as it is... How many more La Boheme's do we need on 30th St.?

Want to see just what is being pushed by the City contact: City of San Diego Project Mgr: Marlon Pangilinan, (619) 235-5293, mpangilinan@sandiego.gov

Get involved before you too have to move...

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_Spark_ Dec. 6, 2012 @ 2:57 p.m.

I really, really want to be a fan of Pat's shop. But too often I've gone in there and found myself standing in what can only be described as a trash heap -- not funky thrift shop wares. The area around the cash register .... ugh. Tupperware containers and fast food bags from lunches past, piles of old papers and stuff that should've been thrown out a long time ago ... I always feel like I need to wash my hands after I've left. Can't say I'm surprised about the mold...but I'd be hard pressed to blame the property owner for it.

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