Ed Bedford 11:58 p.m., May 20
Group seeks to establish Little Saigon District
Vietnamese cultural district would span several blocks of El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights
The Little Saigon Foundation of San Diego this week began circulating an online petition seeking official recognition for the Vietnamese community of the region by establishing a stretch of El Cajon Boulevard running from Highland Avenue to Euclid Avenue in City Heights as the Little Saigon District.
The group is already active in cultivating such a district, albeit unofficially at present, through sponsoring street clean-ups, cultural events and other promotions such as the Taste of Little Saigon. They’ve also developed a 10 year plan for improvements to sidewalks and signage as well as the installation of plants, benches, and culturally relevant artworks.
The online petition had gathered 121 signatures as of this writing, with the authors seeking to accumulate at least 1,000 to present to San Diego elected officials seeking support.
Note: messages seeking further comment from the Foundation were not immediately returned. Look for an update once the Reader is able to reach the parties involved in promoting the district.