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Taking Over San Diego’s ‘Four Corners Of Death’ With Food

Photo caption: Felicia Yearwood, left, and Barry Pollard, organizers with the grass-roots gr...

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Felicia Yearwood, left, and Barry Pollard, organizers with the grass-roots group Urban Collaborative Project, tell residents about the Dec. 5, 2014, food market called Taste of Four Corners.

Felicia Yearwood, left, and Barry Pollard, organizers with the grass-roots group Urban Collaborative Project, tell residents about the Dec. 5, 2014, food market called Taste of Four Corners.

The intersection of Imperial and Euclid avenues in San Diego's Lincoln Park neighborhood is sometimes called the "four corners of death" because of the number of homicides that have occurred there over the years.

But on Friday evening, the grass-roots group Urban Collaborative Project will take over the space and set up a food market.

A flier for the Taste of Four Corners food market at the intersection of Imperial and Euclid avenues in San Diego's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The event, called Taste of Four Corners, will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the southwestern corner of Imperial and Euclid avenues. It will have food trucks, local restaurants and musicians, said organizer Felicia Yearwood.

Yearwood wants the event to support local businesses and build community.

"Sometimes the only thing you hear about southeast San Diego are the negative things, so the people in the community want to share with the rest of San Diego the good things that we have to offer here," she said.

Yearwood also hopes the event will attract San Diegans who don't live in the neighborhood.

"We hope that the entire San Diego community will begin to see this community in a different light, and that this community itself will begin to value itself more and appreciate what we have to offer here in southeast San Diego," she said.

Taste of Four Corners isn't the first attempt to reclaim this space. A public art piece that would have strung LED lights over the intersection was rejected by the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture this past summer.

While historically the intersection was known for its high rate of homicides, a San Diego police spokesman said the last murder within a half-mile radius was on March 14, 2013.

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