San Diego Culturecast by Voice of San Diego
About This Show
The San Diego Culturecast is a produced podcast about arts and culture in San Diego. In the first season, Kinsee Morlan will take listeners through the changes occurring in Barrio Logan, one of San Diego's longest-standing and resilient neighborhoods.
Most Recent Episode
New Stadium, Old Concerns About Artists Getting Pushed Out
East Village isn't the thriving arts district it once was. When Petco Park was built 12 years ago, lots of the artists and galleries taking advantage of cheap rent and large warehouses there were priced out. East Village has been gentrifying since the ballpark went up. High-priced condos and nice restaurants are popping up, but the neighborhood's also home to the region's largest homeless population, In episode four of Culturecast, VOSD’s podcast covering the intersection of arts and gentrification in Barrio Logan, I talk to people who are worried that Barrio Logan's development will mirror East Village's if the Chargers get their new downtown stadium. They say the arts scene that's been flourishing in and around Barrio Logan will die if the stadium's built. Brent Beltran, who lives in Barrio Logan and is part of the Barrios Against Stadiums group, said he's concerned that both the very poor and the very rich will come to their neighborhood if Measure C passes in November. He said he and his neighbors have already seen an influx of homeless people, and he thinks more will come if the measure passes. On the flip side, Beltran said he's already seen an uptick of real estate investors swooping up properties. "There are people that support the Chargers in this neighborhood," he said. "A lot of people in community may not understand the impact of what the stadium's going to do on them. They don't know anything about gentrification. Some people don't know the rising property values are going to go up and they're going to be pushed out – they don't understand the correlation between that." The Chargers are asking voters to approve an increase in the city's hotel-room tax to help pay for the new stadium, which would also include a Convention Center annex. The San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council, a coalition of 22 local construction and trade unions, has come out