OH! San Diego 2021

Design + Community: Southeastern San Diego




In Southeastern San Diego, there’s a grassroots energy that pulses throughout the community. Southeastern is among the oldest communities in San Diego. Many of the area’s streets and buildings reflect a rich cultural, architectural and demographic history. Home to a diverse mix of residents, the neighborhood provides unique opportunities for at-risk youth, including WriterzBlok, the first legal graffiti park in the nation. There’s also Girls Take Flight, a one-of-a-kind program that teaches teen girls to build and fly drones, and Access Youth Academy, a college prep program that trains students to become competitive squash players.

Access Youth Academy is under construction, and OH! San Diego 2021 will put it on display during a virtual hard hat tour highlighting how it’s taking shape. You’ll also have a chance to visit Project New Village, a community garden that is the centerpiece of the Good Food District being developed in Southeastern San Diego.




Community Partner: The Jacobs Center


The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation strives to foster thriving communities envisioned and realized by its residents. The Jacobs Center’s vision is to be part of a caring community where people are responsible to each other, where all cultures are embraced, and where sustaining resources are in place for a vibrant economy. As our community partner for Southeastern San Diego during OH! San Diego 2021, the Jacobs Center will offer kids a chance to learn about career pathways in architecture, engineering and construction with a diverse panel of professionals who will share their journeys. Registration info coming soon!




Neighborhood Sponsor Spotlight: RICK Engineering Co.

While SDAF likes to lose itself in the throes of all things design, this week we look at one aspect of it we haven’t explored much recently — engineering. In a Q&A with civil engineer Edgar Camerino, Woodbury School of Architecture fifth year student Kayleigh Cornejo explores what makes an engineer tick, what’s rewarding about the work, and how, through its many projects there, RICK Engineering is helping to shape Southeastern San Diego. Read more.

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