Barrio Logan – It’s a unique position to be one of San Diego’s oldest communities and freshest commodities at the same time, but that’s just where Barrio Logan has set the bar. Originally, a largely residential area with easy access to San Diego Bay, this culturally-rich community has turned a new leaf after the expansion of the Naval Station San Diego took over most of its community. Today, Barrio Logan proves that even the smallest of neighborhoods can still aim for the stars.
Barrio Logan’s legacy lies in Chicano Park, a 32,000 square meter Chicano themed park beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Officially named a historical site in 1980, Chicano Park is a psychedelic playground with over 60 vibrant murals that come to life before your eyes. In 1967, after years of watching their community deteriorate into an industrial park, Chicano Park became the site of hope and empowerment among the Barrio Logan community and that energy still flows through the area today.
Using art to also express these feelings, many local Chicano artists turned to the visual arts. The H.B. Punto Experimental Art Gallery on Logan Avenue opened its doors to celebrate and honor their work. NeighboringChicano Art Gallery opened in 2013 to create a platform for like-minded individuals to freely express their injustices and struggles. These urban inspirations have now become home to many regular poets, painters and sculpture artists.
The Barrio Logan Art Crawl, a local favorite, gives guests a chance to mingle with local artists in their open door studios at their own pace on self-guided tours of the city. Perhaps the most inspirational site of all, The Churchreminds guests to “embrace mistakes as the milestones of growth.” Formerly the site of religious worship, The Church elegantly transformed into an active art collective space or records, vintage clothes and even street performers.
Hidden among this small community, the Iron Fist Brewing Company serves over 30 handles of craft beer daily with the added option of three nitro taps. Bonus feature, the 800 square foot patio discretely displays a picture perfect panoramic view of Coronado Island! For a taste of local history, head to Strozzi So-Cal Italian, where every dish is handmade from scratch and has been for over 75 years.
San Diego’s quiet, expressive community more than makes up for its size and popularity with the pride it takes in its historic culture and expressive art. Feel the love under the bridge today with a trip to Barrio Logan.