A guide to local favorites in Barrio Logan
- By Nina Garin
- Photos by Sandy Huffaker
It’s Barrio Logan, not Old Town, where you’ll find an authentic Mexican experience without crossing the border. Freeways, shipping yards and auto body shops surround the industrial neighborhood, but it’s also bustling with fruit stands, coffee shops, prestigious art galleries and colorful murals. Barrio Logan has its roots in activism. Its most famous landmark, Chicano Park, was born of the neighborhood’s struggle to keep the land from becoming a parking lot. That community spirit lives in Barrio Logan to this day.
Meet Nina Garin
Nina is a San Diego native who was also partly raised in Baja California, Mexico. She’s an arts journalist who, as a reluctant stage mother to two daughters, spends more time in theaters than the outdoors. Although she lives a few blocks from the ocean, she’s never been surfing and is too terrified of rip currents to try.
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