It’s that time of year again! University Heights will be out in full force each and every Friday evening through August 2nd— including us! We’ll be attending each evening of the Summer in the Park Concert Series, chatting with friends and neighbors about our efforts to bring a historic streetcar line to San Diego’s streets. Please come by, say hi, and learn how you can get involved!
Your line-up for this summer is as follows:
July 5th, Rodello’s Machine (Acoustic Folk / Rock)
July 12th, Stoney B Blues Band (Chicago and Southern Style Blues)
July 19th, Theo & the Zydeco Patrol (Southwestern Zydeco & Cajun Music)
July 26th, Bill Magee Blues Band (Blues with a Southern Flavor)
August 2nd, Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra (Boogie Woogie & Swing)
Of course, don’t forget that Mrs. Frostie will be there serving up delicious ice cream and Brooklyn Dogs will be selling Sabrett hot dogs! I don’t think I need to say anything more, but if you’d like you can read more about the event on page 5 of the Univeristy Heights Community Association Newsletter.
Another Earth Day has come and gone, but we can see that San Diego’s enthusiasm for protecting our environment continues to grow stronger and stronger. We have faith that this enthusiasm will help carry our city into the future as a leader in forward-thinking environmental policy. Thanks to all those citizens, organizations, and companies on the front lines of this fight— we had a blast celebrating with you on the 21st! You can check out some photos from the event up above.
We were also very excited to have Mayor Bob Filner stop by Class 1 streetcar #138 and say a few words about returning these San Diego historic landmarks to the rails. Of course, we still need your vocal support to make this dream a reality. There is no other project available to San Diego today that represents such a significant benefit for our city on a whole. From the potential boon to tourism, the creation of jobs, the boost to private investment and redevelopment, and of course the expansion of practical, charming public transit in a way that supports pedestrian culture and brings more customers to local businesses along the route, restoring these streetcars should be a no-brainer.
Earth Day in San Diego is always a big deal— we should all be concerned with our environment and carbon footprint, but when you live in a city surrounded by such natural beauty the imperative of “being green” becomes all the more apparent. On Sunday, April 21st, America’s Finest City officially celebrates its environmentalism with the 24th annual Earth Fair in Balboa Park! We’ll be there from 10am ’til 5pm with Class 1 streetcar #138. Our board president Christian Chaffee will be making a presentation on our proposal to restore these historic streetcars to the rail at around 11 am and we will be screening our short documentary-style video San Diego’s Lost Treasure: The Historic Class 1 Streetcars, 100 Years Later throughout the day.
We hope you’ll come down to get a look at the past and potential future of San Diego’s energy efficient public transportation. Plus, there will be a lot of other great exhibitors to check out, so be sure to come down, have fun, and learn how we can all do our part to make our world a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable place.
Mayor Bob Filner (middle), First Lady Bronwyn Ingram, and San Diego Historic Streetcars board president Christian Chaffee (right) [Photo by Betsy McCue of La Vida Creations Photography]
On Saturday, December 1st we had a full schedule here at San Diego Historic Streetcars, spreading holiday cheer throughout the city with Class 1 Streetcar #138. We started the day on Utah Street in historic North Park with the streetcar wrapped up like a present for the 49th Annual North Park Toyland Parade. At 10:30 am, our invited guests boarded the decorated streetcar on University Avenue. We were joined by many civic and community leaders, our board, and our friends and family. We’d like to give a special thanks to Mayor Bob Filner and First Lady Bronwyn Ingram, as well as Balboa Park Centennial Celebration Steering Committee chairpersons Ben and Nikki Clay for joining us. And, as always, a big thanks to Betsy McCue at La Vida Creations Photography for documenting the morning. We appreciate you and your serious skills! Last but not least, we’d like to thank Brenda at Victoria House Corp for her huge help in organizing the day’s logistics.
We were thrilled to wave, smile and laugh our way through the parade route. Afterward we hung out for a while and thoroughly enjoyed the ensuing procession of vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups and of course the big guy himself— Santa Claus. No offense to Kris Kringle, but we thought Todd Gloria looked best in red rollin’ down University in that ’63 Ford Falcon. Keep it up, Council President!
It really was a blast… and the proof is in this slideshow below. Betsy got some great shots, so be sure to check it out in full screen.
On Saturday Dec. 1st at 11am, historic Class 1 streetcar #138 will take a ride down University Ave. for the North Park Toyland Parade, carrying our newly elected mayor Bob Filner and host of community leaders, friends, and family.
Hope you all are ready to enjoy a truly festive holiday celebration with the wonderful folks of North Park— I know we are! Come down and picture these streetcars running on the rail in San Diego once again, reconnecting and revitalizing our city’s urban neighborhoods.
You can see the full parade route right here. See you Saturday!
San Diego Historic Streetcars, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) and endorses no political candidate. However last Sunday, Congressman Bob Filner did endorse our project and we greatly appreciate his support and the visibility it can bring to our efforts. Check out the video footage of the event above!
We hope to continue to have the leaders of our city and our region recognize the Class 1 streetcars for what they are — beautiful historic treasures — and also for what they can be: practical people movers on a national historic streetcar line, connecting and revitalizing our downtown and uptown neighborhoods.
If you’d like to get involved, please take a moment to find out how you can over at our website.
Bob Filner shows his support for the Class 1 streetcars
Last Sunday our project was paid a visit by the Bob Filner mayoral campaign at Old Trolley Barn Park! Congressman Filner took time to address attendees and the press on the merits of our streetcars and what bringing a historic Class 1 streetcar line to San Diego could do for our city. Thanks a ton, Bob! We’re glad to have your support.
We invited Councilman Carl DeMaio out as well, but unfortunately his schedule was too packed this weekend. We hope to get you out to the streetcar soon, Carl!
We’d like to thank all of our supporters who made it out to this event on short notice. We couldn’t be where we are today without you all.
Take a peek at a few more shots from the event, courtesy of Charles Best from the Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties, down below.
Class 1 streetcar #138 arrived before the events started at 11am to curious onlookers and excited questions of “what is that!?” During our breaks, our staff enjoyed a sampling of pizza slices, basmati rice, hummus, chicken satay, iced coffee and more from a range of excellent participating vendors. After a wonderful day of talking to people in front of Small Bar, Lei Lounge, and Bourbon Street Bar & Grill on Park Avenue, we were reminded that uptown residents chose to live here so they could walk and spend locally. Virtually everyone we talked to knew just how much bringing the Class 1 historic streetcars back to San Diego would help us connect our communities and enrich local life and culture.
Thanks for coming out and showing us you share the same vision for San Diego! For those who couldn’t make it, join us Saturday, October 6th for the Taste of North Park where Class 1 #138 will make its next appearance.
Don't miss out on the Sunday Funday on September 16th!
Calling all streetcar enthusiasts! We’re bringing out Class 1 #138 again and we’d love it if you could make it!
On Sunday, Sept. 16th we’ll be at the annual — and always excellent — University Heights Arts Open & Taste of University Heights from 11am to 5pm. Come enjoy some visual and performing arts, music, delicious food, and then board a genuine historic streetcar built for San Diego and the Panama-California Exposition of 1915. You’ll be able to find us on the 4600 block of Park Blvd, out in front of Bourbon Street and Lei Lounge. Plus, we’ll have some of our charming staff on hand to inform you about the history of these streetcars and our efforts to return them to the rail in San Diego. Not to be missed!
We had a blast at the South Park Summer Walkabout. These events are always a great time in one of San Diego’s best neighborhoods. Special thanks to Marsha Smelkinson of the South Park Business Group and to Sam Chammas, owner of The Station and The Whistle Stop, for helping make this happen— we hope to see you again soon!
Seeing Class 1 #138 back in a community it used to service always rekindles our drive to keep pushing forward on our goal of returning these San Diego historic treasures to the rail in our uptown and downtown neighborhoods. We hope you’ll all join us in those efforts. Find out how you can get involved over at our website and check out the photos from the Walkabout below.