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

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” ...

Why vacancies in Hillcrest?

The macro vs. the micro view

We’ve all seen commercial spaces, some at large shopping centers, strip malls or standalone, which either remain vacant or have a lot of turnover. Businesses come and go, with months of vacancies in between. Are ...

Georgia Street Bridge — now promised for September

Something “horribly wrong with the delays”

Back in 2011, the city got things moving to begin the Georgia Street Bridge reconstruction in North Park. Simon Wong Engineering, now Kleinfelder, received an amended agreement from the San Diego City Council, boosting their ...

Will University Ave. west of 30th catch up?

F Street video and Tobacco Rhoda the bad boys of history

While the commercial area of University Avenue on both sides of 30th Street has prospered over the past several years, the west end of North Park has not. University Avenue from Florida Street to Arizona ...

Two nine-story buildings for Little Italy

“Cities like new hotels.”

The hotel building boom in San Diego continues unabated. Two new hotel projects at a Little Italy site are now under review by Civic San Diego. Most of the structures on the property surrounded by ...

Some North Park storefronts get leased, others don’t

North Park Main Street offers some explanations

While numerous older North Park storefronts have been snapped up recently for new businesses, others sit there with no takers. Following are examples. Discount International Fashions, 3002 University Avenue at 30th Street has remained vacant ...

Bus company has clout

City listens to their complaint about the pipe on University Ave.

The city water department and its contractor, Burtech, are responsible for the temporary yellow pipeline running along both sides of University Avenue in North Park. It’s been like that for many months. Normally, it’s not ...

Luxury apartments rising at Texas Street and Howard

How high will the rents be?

Broadstone North Park, a project of Alliance Residential Company, continues its rapid construction progress at the northeast corner of Texas Street and Howard Avenue, extending to Arizona Street. Its actual address is 4220 Arizona Street, ...

CVS Pharmacy planned for Bankers Hill

To include liquor sales, natch

CVS Pharmacy, which already has stores in Hillcrest, North Park, and downtown (Fifth Avenue and C Street) will remodel an empty building at 1850 Fifth Avenue in Bankers Hill. It then expects to open sometime ...

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