David Batterson

David has written hundreds of articles for various magazines, newspapers and websites over the years. He was formerly Associate Editor of Palm Springs Life magazine. He lives in North Park, and covers that hood regularly.

Articles by David Batterson

UPDATED – Opposition remains for La Jolla Jewish center plan

The ball's been rolling for nearly 14 years

UPDATE On November 9, Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor ruled in favor of Hillel of San Diego (http://hillelsd.org/hillel-wins-lawsuit-over-glickman-center/) and the City of San Diego, upholding the right to begin construction of the Beverly and Joseph ...

North Park tear-downs push infill

Developers cranking out pricey apartments

Developers can’t seem to acquire building sites in North Park fast enough. Vacant lots are rare, so old structures have to come tumbling down. The latest case in point: The Progressive Health Services building, a ...

Not that firm

Big-box mattress companies wobble

Some San Diego area stores owned by Mattress Firm, Inc. may be closed as part of the recently announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by the company, which is owned by Steinhoff International Holdings, a South ...

Look for change in east Hillcrest

Action spreads beyond west end of University Avenue

While leasing of retail spaces is part of the usual business activity on University Avenue in Hillcrest, you don’t see many buildings for sale there. Landlords like the monthly income, and you can raise the ...

Forced out but not outfoxed

Red Fox moving across from Lafayette Hotel

One of the oldest restaurants in San Diego, going back to the 1950s, is The Red Fox Steakhouse and Piano Bar on El Cajon Boulevard in the historic Lafayette Hotel. It’s an old-school steakhouse, and ...

When one door closes, another opens

North Park businesses come in and go out

In North Park the views never cease to change, and in a drastic way. Old businesses that are way past their prime continue to hang in there. Failed restaurants turn into something totally different. Closed-down ...

7-Eleven store in North Park shuts down suddenly

Hard to make it as franchise owner

A 7-Eleven store closed its doors around the end of July, and is now boarded up. It was located on University Avenue at Herman Avenue in North Park, across the street from CVS Pharmacy. Before ...

Sorry, done with your murals

North Park parking garage call for entries — or maybe not

While the San Diego Redevelopment Agency existed, it wanted original artworks installed at the new North Park parking garage. Longtime artist and North Park resident Blair Thornley responded to submission requests from North Park Main ...

Mural at Wang’s North Park to be removed by Target

“WEENosaurus Rex” artist not happy

When Wang’s North Park opened at University Avenue and Ray Street, the restaurant owners got unusual art on their west wall that brought attention. Artist MADSTEEZ, real name Mark Paul Deren, painted his “WEENosaurus Rex” ...

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