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Artists petition for Black Arts and Culture District in Encanto

A trolley passes through Encanto in this undated photo.
Nicholas McVicker
A trolley passes through Encanto in this undated photo.

A nondescript stretch of Imperial Avenue in San Diego’s Encanto neighborhood could host a Black arts district to support culture and community in the area.

It's the hope of local artists and community organizers that a formal establishment of the city’s first Black Arts and Culture District could bring resources and revitalization to a long-ignored neighborhood.

Currently, only two other such state-designated cultural districts exist in San Diego: Balboa Park and Barrio Logan. It would be the first Black Arts and Culture District in the state if approved.

While the prospective effort has support from Mayor Todd Gloria and Councilmember Monica Montgomery, who represents the area, no timetable for official recognition of the district has been set.

San Diego journalist Andrea Lopez-Villafaña joined Midday Edition on Monday with more on her story for The San Diego Union-Tribune.