El Salon + Casa Patio, The UCSD-Casa Familiar Community Station, Public Space as the Seed for Housing

UCSD Center on Global Justice

Funding Received: 2016
San Ysidro, CA
$450,000
Funding Period: 1 year and 11 months

El Salon + Casa Patio is located within a historic 20 block grid of small parcels and a network of underutilized alleys in San Ysidro, CA, an immigrant neighborhood of 30,000 people, flanking the US-Mexico border between San Diego and Tijuana.  The area lacks adequate pedestrian and public infrastructure; and with many vacant parcels it has the largest deficit of affordable housing and public space in the city.  The non-profit Casa Familiar and the UC San Diego Center on Global Justice, with the generous support of the PARC Foundation, will transform an historic church into a neighborhood arts incubator called El Salon, and will also create an open-air pavilion called Casa Patio, adjacent to the church, that will be programmed for community engagement through arts education and cultural activity.  UCSD Professors Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman are partnering with Casa Familiar leadership Lisa Cuestas and David Flores, and dozens of community members, to bring this beloved neighborhood vision into reality. 

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See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

press
Feb 20, 2017
For people who live in San Diego's southernmost neighborhood, San Ysidro, there are not many public spaces to gather. But that will soon change. Read More
press
Feb 14, 2017
There aren’t enough public parks and community meeting spaces in San Ysidro, but an influx of cash will fund two cool new projects for the... Read More
press
Feb 14, 2017
There aren’t enough public parks and community meeting spaces in San Ysidro, but an influx of cash will fund two cool new projects for the... Read More
blog
The U.S.-Mexico border has been long been portrayed as a source of threat and instability in political rhetoric. And that characterization has been particularly potent...Read more