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Barrio Logan: if you want color

Jack's Island Chicano Park murals, hard to breathe, hard to sleep, convadium, Councilman Alvarez bike ride,

Barrio Logan hasn't had their community plan updated since 1978.
  • Barrio Logan hasn't had their community plan updated since 1978.

Jack's Island, the triangularshaped Victorian structure on a postage stamp-sized lot bounded by National Avenue, 26th Street, and Sicard Street.

Jack's Island, the triangularshaped Victorian structure on a postage stamp-sized lot bounded by National Avenue, 26th Street, and Sicard Street.

  • Jack's island: jewel of Barrio Logan

  • Sometime this year, the city council is expected to decide whether to accept a low-ball $30,000 offer for the nearest thing Barrio Logan has to a flat iron building, the triangle-shaped Victorian structure on a postage stamp-sized lot bounded by National Avenue, 26th Street, and Sicard Street. Councilman Juan Vargas, who represents the district, has balked at the deal, forcing the housing commission to go back and look at the historic implications.
  • By Janet Lowe, April 20, 1995
  • Ghetto” is not an adjective

  • It’s a noun.
  • It’s the place where I live.
  • It’s Barrio Logan, to be exact, but that lone fact is insignificant, really.
  • There’s no Sherman or Logan or Shelltown to those on the outside looking in. ­It’s all ­“ghetto” to them. ­It’s safely kept at a distance — mostly imagined on pixelated screens or glanced through car windows at high speeds. And ­it’s okay, as long as we stay in it — except in transit between working kitchens and keeping things ­clean.
  • By Michael Slomanson Valladolid, Aug. 13, 2008
  • Soon There Won't Be a Barrio Logan

  • Barrio Logan?” says Dave. “I tell you, soon there won’t be a Barrio Logan. It’ll be swallowed up by downtown.”
  • Dave and Tennessee and I stand in the dark on National Avenue, by 16th Street, right where the barrio begins. The rosy clouds that were hanging over the trolley clock tower and Petco Park have been swallowed up by the night. All you see of the homeless people across the road are silhouettes moving around inside bivouacs, flashlights turned orange and blue by the tent fabrics.
  • By Bill Manson, Sept. 30, 2009

Barrio Logan

Barrio Logan

  • Barrio Logan

  • Just inside the entrance to El Mercadito Market, a dreamcatcher the size of a large gong dangles feathery tentacles toward the floor. In other neighborhoods, this yarn-threaded novelty might seem out of place in such a store, but here in Barrio Logan, it fits in with the lipsticks sold sans packaging, with the bin of red beans swallowing their clear scoop, with the modular piles of TVs waiting for repair at the back of the store.
  • By Daniel Muñoz Jr., Dec. 24, 2003
  • Original Artists Work to Restore Chicano Park Murals

  • Armando Nuñez is touching up a skeleton. He and I are standing amid blue scaffolding beside the wall of an I-5 ramp to the San Diego–Coronado Bridge on the last day of the repaint of this Chicano Park mural. This panel is where it all began, back in 1973, when Nuñez and other young Chicano artists started creating the first of 72 murals that have been painted on ramps and pillars under the bridge. Today they make up the largest collection of outdoor murals in the United States.
  • By Bill Manson, July 4, 2012

 Chicano Park muralists regroup to refresh their 40-year-old works.

Chicano Park muralists regroup to refresh their 40-year-old works.

  • Hard to breathe in Barrio Logan

  • The trouble with her breathing began a few months after Estella Lopez moved to Barrio Logan. Lopez is certain she knows why: “At five or six in the morning, you start hearing heavy noise. Like machinery working together. Like heavy metal banging.” Lopez lives on Main Street in an affordable-housing complex. She is 37 but looks older.
  • By Dave Good, June 26, 2013

  • Barrio Logan besieged by truck traffic

  • For decades, residents of Barrio Logan have been dealing with air and noise pollution from Port of San Diego semi-trucks taking unsanctioned short-cuts through their neighborhoods. Now the port is planning a 400 percent expansion of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.
  • By Julie Stalmer, March 23, 2017
  • Barrio takes last stand against convadium

  • A group of Barrio Logan residents and supporters gathered Monday evening (November 7) on the corner of Cesar E. Chavez Parkway and Logan Avenue in a last-minute effort to discourage support for Measures C and D, two proposals placed before voters on Tuesday that would pave the way for a new Chargers stadium/convention center on the edge of the community.
  • By Dave Rice, Nov. 8, 2016
  • Councilman Alvarez rides the neighborhood, promises money for bikes

  • Leaving from the Quartyard in downtown's East Village, the ride headed south on Park Boulevard from the corner of G Street, making its way past the central library, down Imperial past the trolley depot and onto National Avenue, where the group contrasted with rows of tents and makeshift sleeping quarters lining the sidewalks. Heading down Cesar Chavez Parkway, traffic began to snarl as bikes flowed into vehicle lanes.
  • By Dave Rice, May 6, 2017

"In Barrio Logan there are no bike sharrows, no bike lanes – there are hardly any bike racks."

"In Barrio Logan there are no bike sharrows, no bike lanes – there are hardly any bike racks."

  • What's keeping Barrio Logan awake at night?

  • In Barrio Logan, it's hard to know who to call when loud noises disrupt sleep. But what if the neighbors operate a freight train? Within earshot is Naval Base San Diego, subject to federal guidelines rather than local policies. Another neighbor, the Port, isn't subject to San Diego's general plan or noise ordinance. And the community is surrounded by state regulated freeways.
  • By Sheila Pell, Oct. 1, 2019

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