The incredible transformation and revitalization of North Park has been underway for nearly two decades now. The boom in independent boutiques and vibrant restaurants, nightspots, galleries and performance venues such as the North Park Theatre draw visitors from all over San Diego and provide a huge boost to the regional economy.
There was a time when changes in demographics and land-use decisions had altered the fortunes of North Park. Businesses closed and some areas fell into disrepair. But people who love this community devoted themselves to reviving it, ushering in a renaissance that has infused the neighborhood with new energy.
It’s exciting to see the emergence of Explore North Park, which promises to document and celebrate this ongoing progress.
The vitality can be seen in a variety of ways. Provocative galleries and unique shops fill the core area surrounding University Avenue and 30th Street. The community hosts many colorful events, including the North Park Festival of the Arts, Taste of North Park, and Ray at Night. It’s also praised both for its diversity and its reputation as a trendsetter, as evidenced by Forbes.com calling North Park one of “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods.”
And North Park plays such a major role in San Diego’s love affair with craft breweries that Men’s Journal magazine declared 30th Street “clearly the nation’s best beer boulevard.”
I’m thrilled that everyone is catching up to what I’ve always known about North Park. There is so much to celebrate about the community and the destination it has become. I am happy to take part in getting the word out about this gem in the center of America’s Finest City.
Toni G. Atkins
Speaker of the Assembly
78th Assembly District