"A Beer Garden Lays Down Roots for a Technology Hub"          


Published in The New York Times

Text by: Lauren Herstik


Makers Quarter is a community made up of artists, entrepreneurs and makers located in the East Village in downtown San Diego.


"For now, the Quartyard — conceived of and built by a Rad Lab, a student-led organization, and the community — is a beer garden, event space and dog park in the downtown East Village neighborhood of this city. Its projected transition from 25,000-square-foot vacant lot to urban park to housing is part of a larger plan to create an employment hub in the neighborhood’s tech corridor."


"That project, known as Makers Quarter, aims to turn six blocks of mixed-use development into one million square feet of office space, 145,000 square feet of street-level retail space, 800 residential units and 72,000 square feet of public open space over the next seven to 10 years." 

A girl carrying balloons to the Quartyard, an area where people can bring their dogs to the park, have cocktails, socialize and enjoy being outside. The Quartyard is part of the Makers Quarter located in the East Village, a section part of downtown San Diego.

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Moniker Group is an investment company made up of self-starters and innovators. The investment company resides in the Moniker Warehouse, located in the iconic Snowflake Bakery building in the Makers Quarter.

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Jes Engraving, is an awards, tropy engraving company that is located in the Moniker Warehouse in the Makers Quarter.

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Local businesses of innovators and creative people is what makes the Makers Quarter. A place for people to get together and share ideas. The room on the first floor of the Moniker Warehouse is the David Harp Foundation, they teach video production and sound engineer to at risk and homeless youth.

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The Moniker Design Company is a spatial design firm focusing on interactive art and environmental design. The company is located in the Moniker Warehouse in the Makers Quarter.

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An empty resting area can be seen at the Moniker Warehouse in the Makers Quarter as business owners and employees are hard at work.

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Fab Lab is a founding tenant of the Makers Quarter in San Diego, it is a production workshop made up of digital fabrication machines and electronics. The Fab Lab is for people of all ages, for innovative thinkers and designers.

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One of many exciting projects that is being created in the Fab Lab is a solar charger, it is being used to charge phones.

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Smarts Farm is a non-profit, located in the Makers Quarter. It is a community garden that is also a center for learning. Their mission is to help promote healthy living and productive lifestyles. There are garden plots for local residents and workshops for all ages. A local resident tends to his gardening plot on a hot summer day.

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Two local residents hanging out in the Smarts Farm garden under the shade.

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 Silo is an area held for events, art installations and social gatherings. As the Makers Quarter continues to transition into a dense and mixed use community, Silo continues to grow in popularity with local residents. A girl painting the wall while Silo holds an event.

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Men playing Jenga at Silo.

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 In the evening local residents play games and socialize at Silo.

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A local resident grabbing a drink at Silo.

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Makers Quarter can be seen in the distance, the sign makes it easy for residents to see where SIlo is located.

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Right before sunset, more residents go to Silo to relax and socialize.

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Artists Aaron Glasson and Celeste Byers sit in front of their mural they collaborated on.

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The Quartyard, part of the Makers Quarter is an urban park that has been constructed from shipping containers located in the East Village in San Diego. The Quartyard is a few blocks from Silo and Smarts Farm. Craft beers and cocktails are served and a dog park is in close proximity to the bar. There is also a stage for musicians and local vendors can be seen selling their products during events.

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