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🏗️ On the rise
SD Midway Rising renderings
A glimpse at the Midway Rising plan. | Rendering via Safdie Rabines Architects + Midway Rising
Midway Rising — an ambitious plan to redevelop 48.5 acres in San Diego’s Sports Arena community — is moving forward, bit by bit. Let’s look at what’s on the table, and what’s next.

🔨 The plan

San Diego City Council selected a proposal last September from the Midway Rising team to transform the heart of the Midway District into a ”transit-oriented,” mixed-use hub for housing and entertainment.

SD Midway Rising rendering

A new, 16,000-seat sports and entertainment arena is at the heart of the plan.


Rendering via Safdie Rabines Architects + Midway Rising

The highlights include:
  • 4,250 housing units — the development team says 2,000+ of these will be affordable housing, and 2,000 will be market-rate
  • A 16,000-seat arena for sports, concerts, and entertainment — which would replace Pechanga Arena
  • A multi-acre, central urban park and open spaces
  • A 200-room hotel
  • 2,775 parking spaces for visitors
  • 250,000-sqft of new retail spaces, plus a 9.4-acre public plaza
  • The creation of 8,500 local jobs — from construction to hospitality
In November 2022, locals voted to approve Measure C, removing an existing 30-ft height limit on buildings in the Midway-Pacific Highway Community and clearing the way for the redevelopment to rise.

SD Midway Rising renderings

The vision includes 4,250 housing units — of which 2,000+ would be affordable housing.


Rendering via Safdie Rabines Architects + Midway Rising

🗣️ Next steps

Over the next few years, the city says the Midway Rising team will enter negotiations to fine-tune its original proposal, conduct an environmental analysis, and continue working with the City Council — eyeing a 2025 groundbreaking. Mayor Todd Gloria is on board, saying the project will create thousands of homes and local jobs.

The developers are also working on community outreach to collect input from residents and businesses to help them deliver what’s best for the area.

Locals can register to attend a Midway Rising Informational Workshop tomorrow, 6-7:30 p.m., at San Diego Central Library. The Midway Rising team is set to provide a project update to councilmembers next month, too.
Wednesday, May 17
  • Older Adults Special Activity: Birdhouse Decorating | Wednesday, May 17 | 9-10:30 a.m. | Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr., Poway | Free | Craft a home for feathered friends — supplies included.
  • San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals | Wednesday, May 17 | 1:10 p.m. | Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego | $21-$91 | It’s an SD vs. KC showdown.
  • $NOT | Wednesday, May 17 | 7 p.m. | House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego | $40-$81 | The Florida rapper presents the “Get Busy Or Die” North American Tour 2023.
  • Andrew Oroflo | Wednesday, May 17 | 8 p.m. | Mic Drop Comedy, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego | $18 | This Filipino American comedian has credits on Comedy Central, Netflix, “The Late Late Show,” and now this San Diego stage.
Thursday, May 18
  • SANDAG Bike Anywhere Day | Thursday, May 18 | 6-9 a.m. | San Diego County | Free | Pledge to bike to school, work, the beach — anywhere, really — while exploring San Diego’s bikeways and enjoying special pit stops.
Friday, May 19
  • AAPI Heritage Dinner at The Cottage | Friday, May 19 | 6-9 p.m. | The Cottage, 7702 Fay Ave., La Jolla | $85 | Enjoy an 8-course, Pan-Asian, pop-up dinner where a portion of ticket sales benefit the San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Coalition.
  • Stars at West Sycamore | Friday, May 19 | 17160 Stonebridge Parkway, San Diego | Free | Join members from the San Diego Astronomy Association at the West Sycamore Staging Area to view the nighttime sky through telescopes.
Saturday, May 20
  • “Heathers” the Musical | Saturday, May 20 | 8 p.m. | Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center, 4944 Newport Ave., San Diego | $27-$36 | An adaptation based on the cult classic film all about Veronica Sawyer and her longing to be part of the cool clique.
Wednesday, May 24
  • San Diego Chorus Open Auditions | Wednesday, May 24 | 6:45-9:45 p.m. | Casa Del Prado Building, Balboa Park, 1540 El Prado RM #207, San Diego | Free | Make your voice heard with San Diego Chorus’s open audition for their four-part a cappella group — all women and non-binary treble singers are invited.*
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News Notes

  • With Nathan Fletcher’s resignation, the county says the ~700,000 constituents in District 4 will “continue to be served” by office staffers through the Aug. 15 special election and leadership transition. The district includes Lemon Grove, La Mesa, and some unincorporated communities; residents can email or call (619) 531-5544.
  • County leaders broke ground on Santa Fe Senior Village, a housing development in downtown Vista for seniors who are unhoused or at risk of losing housing. The complex — set to open in summer 2024 — will feature 54 fully-furnished studio or 1 BD apartments, and is next to the Vista Transit Center Station.
  • Those orange stripes on Interstate 5 in North County — yay or nay? Caltrans and SANDAG installed the temporary striping in 2021 to improve safety in Build NCC project areas. The agencies polled drivers, and 78% said it increased their awareness of being in a road construction zone. What do you think?
  • Score — it looks like our city is getting a Major League Soccer (MLS) team. MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Mayor Todd Gloria, and Sycuan Tribe Chairman Cody Martinez will lead a news briefing tomorrow at Snapdragon Stadium to “make a significant announcement about the future of soccer in San Diego.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center will host its 24th annual San Diego Beatles Festival on Saturday, June 3, 12-11:30 p.m. This year’s tribute to the Fab Four will celebrate the history of The Cavern Club in Liverpool — the musical birthplace of the Beatles. Snag tickets and come together.
  • Boy Band fans, “I Do” believe this one’s for you: 98°, All-4-One, and O-Town are coming to The Rady Shell on Sunday, Oct. 8. Tickets to see the three acts — “All or Nothing,” if you will — go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m., “I Swear.”
  • Lace up those sneakers, SD. The Navy’s 36th Bay Bridge Run/Walk is this Sunday, May 21. The scenic, 4-mile route starts at 8 a.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, and makes its way over the Coronado Bay Bridge to Tidelands Park. There’s still time to register.
  • After a lengthy closure due to the avian flu, the Living Coast Discovery Center has reopened its Shorebird Aviary, a tidal slough habitat that’s home to different duck species and oystercatchers. The exhibit is included with admission to the facility, open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • The 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship is coming to San Diego Wednesday, June 21-Friday, July 21, and single-day passes are now on sale — including tickets to Opening Day. The games will be played at Snapdragon Stadium in Mission Valley and Torero Stadium at University of San Diego.
  • It’s Beer O’Clock somewhere, right? That’s the name of a fundraiser happening tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at The Original 40 Brewing Co. in North Park. The event will be hosted by local nonprofits San Diego Festival of Beer and San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC), and 15% of all sales will benefit SDPAC.
  • Wolfie’s Carousel Bar — the hotspot with the spinning carousel bar in Little Italy — has rolled out its new lunch menu, available Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wolfie’s says its lunch service will have you in and out in ~43.5 minutes — or three rotations of the carousel.
  • How does Going work? Sign up for free, follow up to five airports, and get notified when flights are 40-90% off. Bonus: You can browse deals immediately after signing up (like a ~$575 round trip to Fiji).*
Today Is
  • Today Is World Baking Day. To celebrate, shop our online store (Six & Main), which features Sourhouse, a company that creates simple tools for sourdough bakers to care for their starters. You might just knead it. Start shopping now.
🎨 Right on hue
SD SD Art Advisory Mission Hills
The new gallery offers two levels of masterpieces. | Photo via SD Art Advisory
SD Art Advisory, a new art gallery, will soon debut in Mission Hills — a project from fine artist and gallerist Alexander Salazar and local interior designer Darcy Kempton.

Their 4,200-sqft space will feature two levels of works by both local and world-renowned artists, plus a salon where collectors can purchase NFT art in partnership with dealer Chris Trueman.

The curators hope the gallery shines a spotlight on the San Diego art scene while also benefiting the arts communities across SoCal and Baja California.

SD Art Advisory opens at 12 p.m. this Saturday at 3977 Falcon St., coinciding with the inaugural community art walk, Art in the Hills. The grand opening party is 6-9 p.m. that evening, and attendees can register for free.

Pro tip: Wear your favorite creative attire to the shindig — it’s a celebration of the arts, after all.
The Wrap
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From the editor
Hello, friends. The historic Botanical Building at Balboa Park remains closed for renovations through 2024, but the adjacent Lily Pond is open — and looking pretty as always.

On a recent stroll, I spotted a tiny turtle peeking its head out of the water and plenty of visitors enjoying the sunshine and spring flowers. It’s such a special spot for San Diegans.
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