Plus, hotel bookings are up and scooter usage is down
 
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🔮 We’ve got 2030 vision
San Diego is literally growing. By 2030, it will look different (but just as sunny) — and we don’t need a crystal ball to see the city’s future. We’ve rounded up public info on 10 projects that will change San Diego’s appearance by the end of the decade.

A rendering of the parking lot and front terrace in front of the new Ocean Beach Pier.

A rendering of a proposed front terrace before the redesigned Ocean Beach Pier.

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Image via City of San Diego.

Entertainment

  • The Ocean Beach Pier has reached “the end of its service life” and city officials recently introduced three potential redesigns to rehabilitate or replace the existing structure. The OB Pier Renewal project does not yet have a completion date, but the city hopes to unveil a preferred concept by early 2024 and a design update by fall 2024.
  • After decades of planning, the Gaylord Pacific Hotel and Convention Center in Chula Vista has broken ground and is expected to be completed in 2025. The bayfront development will have 1,600+ rooms for guests and will redevelop existing community spaces like Sweetwater and Bayside parks.
A rendering of the entrance after the new T1 project at SAN

A rendering of the New T1 entrance.

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Rendering via San Diego International Airport

Travel

  • Construction on the San Diego International Airport’s New T1 project has already taken off, with an anticipated end date of 2028. This summer, SAN announced the restaurants and vendors that will be added during the development process.
  • We’ll drive faster and in less traffic. The Build NCC project from SANDAG and Caltrans continues to open HOV lanes. In February 2022, nine new miles of HOV lanes opened between Solana Beach and Carlsbad and 4 more miles opened between Carlsbad and Oceanside in June 2023. Phase 2 of the project ends in 2030, and Phase 3 begins in 2031.

Housing

  • Housing will continue to look different as “Homes for All of Us” incentivizes the construction of affordable and multi-family complexes. Last year, Measure C was approved, removing the 30-ft height limit for building in the Sports Arena area allowing the Midway Rising project to proceed, which will create 4,000+ housing units. It hopes to break ground in 2025.
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Resident Free Tuesday | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | The San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego | Free | Locals get in free today, just bring a photo ID that shows your address.
  • Theatre Organ Concert + Film Screening | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego | $4 | Renowned organ player Ken Double accompanies the silent film, “One Week,” starring Buster Keaton; tickets are free with a $4 order fee and reservations are required.
  • San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6:40 p.m. | Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego | $23+ | Let’s go, Slam Diego — and there are two themes at the ballpark tonight: Korean Heritage Celebration and Down Syndrome Awareness.
  • The Baseball Project | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 8 p.m. | The Music Box, 1337 India St., San Diego | $27 | The supergroup featuring Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Mike Mills, Linda Pitmon, and Steve Wynn rock this 21+ show.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Macrame Fall Plant Wall Hanging Craft Workshop | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Mike Hess Brewing, 4893 Voltaire St., San Diego | $45 | Patchwork leads this crafty class that’ll have you creating a fall-inspired macramé piece for your home or patio.
  • Daniel Caesar | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego | $120 | The R&B singer brings performs his “Superpowers World Tour” in SD.
  • “Saturday Night Fever” | Through Friday, Sept. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista | $48-$53 | Groovy: This adaptation of the 1970s throwback follows Tony Manero who works at a paint store by day, but moonlights as the king of the disco dance floor.
Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Rodney Atkins | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 5-10 p.m. | Beach House Tequila + Taqueria, 3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego | $45 | Dust off your boots, ya’ll — it’s the beachfront venue’s first ever country music concert.
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News Notes
 
Community
  • Something good is growing at Park de la Cruz Community Center in City Heights. The facility has transformed a vacant lot into an accessible garden with benches, shaded areas, and raised beds — designed to serve older adults and people with disabilities.
Transportation
  • San Diegans have pumped the brakes on electric scooter usage since new regulations were introduced in August 2022, and the number of rides has fallen 80%. Bird is the only company remaining in the city, leaving some locals concerned about the environmental impacts of the regulations. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Travel
  • Local hotels are staying booked. The San Diego Tourism Authority says San Diego has the highest hotel occupancy rate as of July 2023, when compared to the 25 largest markets in the US. The agency is bracing for a continued tourism rebound heading into 2024. (Times of San Diego)
Closing
  • There’s still time for another meal before Hoxton Manor closes its doors. The Southeast Asian restaurant announced its last day of operations will be Sunday, Nov. 5, and thanked the North Park community for its support.
Sports
  • Fernando Tatís Jr. has set another Padres record. The shortstop hit a home run at the Sept. 15 game against the Oakland A’s, and with the homer became the first Padre to amass 25 home runs and steal 25 bases during two separate seasons. (NBC 7)
Number
  • 200. That’s how many suspects were caught with help from Jenko, a K-9 who served with the Oceanside Police Department. The Belgian Malinois worked in patrol, narcotics detection, and even on SWAT team operations during his career. After more than six years on the force, Jenko is now a retired dog. (Times of San Diego)
Ranked
  • San Diego County is apple-solutely a destination for fall fun. Julian Farm and Orchard ranked No. 6 on USA Today 10Best’s list of the top apple picking orchards in the US. The 25-acre destination also received praise for its petting zoo and pumpkin picking.
 
Eat
 
🍽️ A serving of North Park fun
The exterior of Mabel's Gone Fishing in North Park
We’re reely excited to catch a taste of this restaurant. | Photo via Taste of North Park
We smell something exciting cooking — the 2023 Taste of North Park will return for its 12th year on Sat., Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The self-guided foodie fest will offer bites and sips from 40+ restaurants, breweries, cafes, and shops — including Mabel’s Gone Fishing, the buzzy seafood spot that recently received Bib Gourmand status from the Michelin Guide.

As you walk around the neighborhood to sample flavors, you’ll also experience live music, art, and boutique shops. This year, the event will introduce two electric shuttles on University Avenue and 30th Street, and attendees can hop on and off as they explore.

Tickets are $65 for food and drinks — $45 for just food and $30 for just beverages. We recommend registering in advance, because it’s expected to sell out.
 
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The Wrap
 
Michael Beausoleil Today’s edition by:
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From the editor
Good morning, old sport. If you’ve been to Hillcrest recently, you may have seen a great mural of Leonardo DiCaprio portraying Gatsby. The display was added by Jeremy McMahon on the outside of Bubbles Market & Spirits, and I’d say this art piece is worth a toast.
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