Todd Gloria, City Councilmember for District 3
Learning from my parents the importance of leaving things better than I found them, I love working to ensure San Diego is a truly great city. With innovative people, renowned food and beverage establishments, and unique events, the community of North Park contributes greatly to that vision.
With the historic North Park Water Tower as the landmark in its skyline, the community also offers lots of outdoor activities including a summer concert series with great views at Bird Park, and access to both neighborhood recreation areas and the city’s crown jewel, Balboa Park, nearby. Annual events like the SoNo Chili Cook Off, Festival of the Arts, and the Toyland Parade draw thousands to the community, too.
San Diego, like most of Southern California, is car oriented. North Park, however, is adapting for more sustainable transportation options including transit use, biking and walking. In 2014, I was proud to add the popular Rapid 215 bus service through North Park and connecting all of the communities between San Diego State University and Downtown. Eventually, I’d love to see streetcars running through our urban business corridors, and the high ridership of the Rapid 215 demonstrates the strong interest in high quality transit alternatives.
With unique shops, eateries, and other businesses to patronize, many residents and visitors find biking and walking the best options to get around North Park. As we’ve recovered from the global recession, I’ve prioritized city investment on the addition of valuable bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure including the city’s first bike sharing program with stations throughout the community. The City of San Diego’s partnership with DecoBike allows folks without bikes to rent them from any station and return them to any other. The bikes add mobility and provide a
great link between North Park’s business corridors with the Rapid 215 and other transit lines.
In addition to the unique businesses clustered along 30th Street, University Avenue, El Cajon Boulevard, and Adams Avenue, North Park is home to San Diego’s first two parklets and known as a craft beer haven and foodie paradise. Microbreweries and tasting rooms like Modern Times, Mike Hess Brewing and Thorn Street Brewing all have loyal followings, and the food options ranging from the Carnitas Snack Shack and Underbelly to City Tacos and Polite Provisions, locals and visitors flock to North Park for all of their food and drink needs.
The past two decades have seen tremendous investment and positive change in the historic neighborhood of North Park. Its unique offerings continue to develop and change and are worth exploration and celebration.