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

Do vacancies on University Avenue in Hillcrest signify too many eateries?

Contractor adds brick in The Wall while ephemeral eateries exit

The Hillcrest hood, with its high commercial rents and constant turnover, is hoping to fill some of its properties along the main drag of University Avenue. Realtors there often attempt to lease similar businesses, such ...

North Park hosts panel on homeless Wednesday at Lafayette Hotel

Smart & Final employees on University Ave. can't pursue thieves.

Officials from the City of San Diego, along with nonprofit organizations, served as guest panelists for a two-hour Quality of Life Forum on April 26, at the Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard. It was ...

North Park: Pizza Hut instead of Olympic Cafe, Olympic Cafe instead of Jersey Joe's

Rinse salon moves, a new brewery near 25th on University

When Olympic Cafe lost its longtime lease at 2340 University Ave. (at Texas Street), it was up in the air over what would move in there. It’s turned out to be a Pizza Hut franchise ...

Civic San Diego considering new pedestrian plaza in East Village

Another parklet — but it doesn’t remove any parking spaces

Owners of The Patio restaurant group are hoping for approval from Civic San Diego of its application to build a 126-square-foot pedestrian plaza in front of its Harvest by the Patio eatery, at 369 10th ...

North Park Main Street hits the road for Iowa

More people, bigger meetings required more space

North Park Main Street has vacated its office space at 3076 University Avenue in North Park and moved to new offices in the Iowa Street Seniors apartment building at 3939 Iowa Street. San Diego Housing ...

City holds garage sale next to homeless center

Make an offer (disclosure: asbestos present, accessibility limited)

Downtown's "World Trade Center" at 1250 Sixth Avenue started out as the San Diego Athletic Club in the late '20s and eventually became home to publisher Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; they vacated the building in 1993 ...

Ready to fill with North Park foodies

Long empty and tagged, former movie theater gets spiffed up

The long-empty storefront at 3020 University Avenue in North Park may at last find a lessee. The building has been an eyesore for several years in the ever-growing, popular foodie district of North Park (in ...

Not just a gas station under the flight path

Beer and wine sales will be opposed by Little Italy group

While 2499 Pacific Highway in the Little Italy neighborhood is currently an empty lot with a former car-rental office building, it could become a Valero service station. Civic San Diego has started the approval process ...

North Park stroll

Business changes along University Avenue

Tobacco Rhoda’s dive bar closed down in June 2016. The bar had reportedly been a problem in the neighborhood for years. Artist Sam Ballard, who had a studio behind the bar for eight years, described ...

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