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Iconic retail

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columns, Communities, Featured, North Park, PastMatters | No Comments

The history of the J.C. Penney department store in North Park By Katherine Hon Newcomers may only know the boxy two-story building on the southeast corner of Ray Street and University Avenue as the former location of Wang’s North Park. Residents who have been here longer may remember Big Lots occupying that building during the early 2000s and REI before then. But the building we see today at 3029 University Ave. originated in 1942 as a […]

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Mini-park is a go!

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Communities, Feature, News, North Park, Top Story | 3 Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

The North Park Mini-Park, which has languished in legal limbo for many years, is back on the drawing board, and residents who have reviewed the concept are giving the design double thumbs-up.

The mini-park will replace an unused parking lot directly behind the historic Observatory North Park theater and another building housing the New Life Cleaners and Stern’s Gym. The half-acre, city-owned site is bounded by 29th Street on the east, North Park Way on the south and Granada Avenue on the west.

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The Observatory hears from the community

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Communities, Featured, News, North Park | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor There are two sides of the same coin, as the saying goes, and that seems to apply to the Observatory North Park. To hear some local residents describe it, the historic theater is breathing life into North Park after dark, enriching our cultural fabric with nationally known music acts and popular local events like the Friends of Jefferson Elementary holiday show and the annual FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival.

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Pedestrian bridge still lacking community support

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Communities, Featured, News, North Park | No Comments

By Jess Winans North Park Planning Committee (NPPC) members voted unanimously at their monthly meeting on July 19 to send their prioritization list of local projects to be included in the city’s Community Improvement Program (CIP). The city has tasked all its community planning groups to prioritize their projects by August to be included in a five-year plan. Being listed in the CIP does not mean that the city will be building any of the […]

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North Park author makes debut

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Behind the hazel eyes and engaging laugh of young-adult fiction author Danielle Mages Amato bubbles a bright and imaginative mind. And from that internal kettle, the debut author and North Park resident has percolated a fascinating mystery with a dash of the paranormal, “The Hidden Memory of Objects.” Set in and around contemporary Washington, D.C. — and in flashbacks to the past, including the 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln — Amato’s […]

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Bringing the joy of reading to children

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Communities, Feature, News, North Park, Top Story | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson

If it’s the first Tuesday of the month, it’s time for Traveling Stories at Waypoint Public in North Park.

From 5 to 7 p.m., children have their own happy hours with a volunteer reading to the kids. In a back corner of the popular restaurant, located on the southwest corner of 30th Street and North Park Way, the kids have their own fenced-in play area with lots of books and volunteers to read with them.

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