Trends in San Diego this March

Restaurants, local blogs, TJ street art, and more!



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Border Report
By Derrik Chinn

TJ Street Art

A new wave of public art is on the rise just south of the border. Paola “Panca” Villaseñor paints a storybook battle between geometric and organic: Kaleidoscopic 2-D explosions of triangles and stripes and fleshy beasts with unicorn horns. Her work is a mainstay on the common walls of Pasaje Rodriguez and Pasaje Gomez, two passageways that have recently ascended from urban rot to ground zero for the Tijuana indie art scene. “Daily I see things that are pretty surreal,” says the 26-year-old muralist. “Street art in Tijuana gives a sense of relief in a city known for its darker side.” aypanca.tumblr.com. The man responsible for redecorating Tijuana’s busiest freeway goes not by a name but rather a
number: 1102 (pronounced “Once Cero Dos,” a reference to November 2, or Day of the Dead). More than 60 hand-painted posters of yellow snaggletoothed blobs, iridescent monster worms, and other characters are the work of Ralph Steadman. In 2010, the 26-year-old graffitist began painting directly on city surfaces around TJ, Mexicali, and Rosarito. He says, “What I see in my city is a mix of beauty and bizarreness.” miradasperdidas.com As far as mega-portraits go, Ariana Escudero is Tijuana’s Andy Warhol. Her most recognizable mural is the 18-by-12-foot homage to singing newspaper vendor Pepe Nacho, a local pop icon. "In a city like Tijuana, public art is a reminder of the goodness that is so often overlooked in our everyday border world," she says. facebook.com/arianaescudero

Fish 101 patio
Fish 101 Patio | Photo by the Hendershotts

RESTAURANTS

Take it Outside

It’s going to be easier than ever, starting this month, to dine al fresco at local restaurants. Thanks to a proposal that the city council is promoting with the California Restaurant Association, local restaurants will have a new fast-track process to add patio seating and significantly reduced fees. Sayonara, $10,000 permits. Sidewalk cafés for everyone!

 
Madewell

COMING SOON

Madewell

The wait is almost over, San Diego: Madewell, known as J. Crew’s “sister” store, will be opening May 8 at Fashion Valley Mall. Its casual yet chic style, straight from NYC, is a toned-down, urban version of J. Crew (fewer sequins and rhinestones). Shop for seasonless sweaters, leather boots, and date dresses, plus jeans that fit well and wash even better. // PS

 

LOCAL BLOG

Concrete Success

Liam Dillon, a staffer at Voice of San Diego, is trippin’ at the success of TheStumblr.com, where San Diegans send in pics of their jacked-up sidewalks. It’s getting national attention (hello, The Atlantic’s Cities blog!) but we hope it’s the local policy makers who really take notice.

 

This Just In

The Equinox Center in Encinitas recently found that fewer than half of San Diegans can afford to buy a median-priced home. Translation: Expensive housing means SD businesses can't attract good employees, and SD can't compete with other cities. To add insult, traffic increases because we spend more time commuting from our faraway homes, and less time spending dough at local stores and restaurants. What! Come on, housing prices!

Percent of Households That Can Afford to Purchase Median-Priced Home

26.5% San Francisco
45% San Diego
50% Los Angeles

Source: Equinox Center, 2012; California Association of Realtors, 2012

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