Ann Marie Groffner

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South Park Neighborhood

South Park stands out in San Diego for its tree-lined streets, compact blocks, and walkable business district. Predominantly a single-family residence area with some small apartment buildings and bungalow courts, it is noteworthy for its fine and varied collection of Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival style homes built between 1905 and 1930. Many of the houses are historically designated.

South Park has long been home to a group of residents diverse in income, age, sexual orientation, and race. It has a reputation as a dog-friendly area. The main road running North and South through the neighborhood is 30th Street, which is marked for both cars and bicycles. Pedestrianism, like in other urban mesa neighborhoods north of Balboa Park, is high relative to the rest of San Diego.

South Park has been gaining repute for its small businesses since the 1990s. 30th Street forms its main business district and has been called the nation's best craft beer boulevard by Men's Journal. The area is home to several churches, popular restaurants and cafes, grocery stores, taverns and wine bars, art galleries, a dog wash, yoga studio and other businesses.

South Park is bounded roughly by Balboa Park on the west, Switzer Canyon on the north, SR 15 on the east, and A street on the south. The southern portion of South Park shares the 92102 zip code with Golden Hill and other areas and the northern portion shares the 92104 zip code with North Park. South Park is home to the Albert Einstein Academy Charter School for German language immersion.

Some community events include:

The Old House Fair which is an annual event in South Park where vendors are primarily local businesses selling home furnishings and other items of interest for owners of vintage homes. Musical groups also perform on a stage on Beech Street.

Quarterly Walkabouts on Saturday evenings in March, July, October and December hosted by the South Park retail and restaurant community. Shops are open late, live music and refreshments are provided, and a free trolley carries attendees from Beech Street to Grape Street to Juniper Street.

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