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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

Cathedral City, an artsy desert town you shouldn’t ignore

This is not another getaway to Palm Springs article. The Coachella Valley actually consists of nine cities, and Palm Springs is the best-known one. Indian Wells is where the very rich have second homes, including ...

Will North Park Woolworth's ever be renovated?

Renovations of historic buildings often move at a snail’s pace. An example is the former Woolworth’s store in North Park, standing vacant for many years. Located at 3067-3075 University Avenue, its last tenant was a ...

December 6, 2021
The revolving door of El Cajon Blvd.

New construction in North Park/University Heights has been expected for years now, and it’s now in full swing. Along central El Cajon Boulevard, from near 30th Street and beyond, the changes are beginning to reshape ...

November 29, 2021
Pernicano's Hillcrest property goes to San Francisco group

Pernicano’s in Hillcrest was a popular eatery for years, especially for sports celebs. Colorful owner George Pernicano owned three percent of the San Diego Chargers (seven percent originally). His restaurant closed in 1985, and has ...

November 1, 2021
San Diego's thrift stores teeter

Major nonprofit thrift stores in San Diego have been around for decades. Then along came Covid and took its toll. Two longtime San Diego Rescue Mission thrift stores (North Park and City Heights) closed down. ...

Property astir on El Cajon Blvd.

Legendary El Cajon Boulevard has had a checkered past since its early days, when it was once the major East-West highway (CA 80) into San Diego. It consisted of car dealerships, motels, shops, and eateries ...

Will CVS offer liquor quicker in University Heights?

Even though there’s a CVS Pharmacy in North Park (3151 University Ave.) and another in Hillcrest (313 E. Washington St.), the company wants another one. This time it will open in University Heights, as part ...

North Park garage art delayed – but on its way

The art competition launched last year to add new murals to the North Park parking garage had a stated installation of Fall 2018. Obviously that did not happen. The fading original artworks by artist Blair ...

January 28, 2019
Smells bad on 30th and University

Some empty businesses in North Park squat for years, while homeless park outside on the sidewalk. Two particular storefronts have had a rough time lately finding lessees. One is the former Discount International Fashions on ...

November 20, 2018
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