Whew. As it turns out, producing long-form audio stories is a lot of work.
But it’s finally here, the first episode of San Diego Culturecast, our new arts and culture podcast.
For the entire first season, I plan on focusing on Barrio Logan, a neighborhood in the midst of a big transition.
Gentrification often works like this: A neglected neighborhood crumbles, artists see potential in its gritty abandoned warehouses and cheap rent. They move in, making things seem pretty cool. Then developers start taking notice. As new condos and other businesses spring up, neighborhood residents and artists are pushed out.
It’s an age-old cycle packed with excitement, creativity, drama, racism, displacement and more. I’m plopping myself in the middle of it all, my microphone in-hand, and I plan on learning more about Barrio Logan and the change happening there.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Very interesting to read about the history of the California Theatre. While I support preservation of historic sites, and that seems to be the case for the Theatre itself, the Caliente sign does not present a good case for preservation, based on what I see in google maps.
The sign is too big and not very attractive. It would prevent windows from being places on one entire wall of the building.
Tough call though, as I am not generally opposed to preserving commercial landmarks if they are interesting.
Any chance they will ever tear down the civic center? That is a ugly behemoth that really disrupts that part of downtown.