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One of San Diego’s oldest communities, Barrio Logan’s transformation began in 1910 with the influx of refugees from the Mexican Revolution who soon became the majority ethnic group in San Diego and at one point had the highest concentration of Mexican Americans than in any community in California. For this reason, the southern part of the original Logan Heights neighborhood came to be called Barrio Logan. (Barrio is a Spanish word for “neighborhood”.)
This neighborhood off Interstate 5 by Cesar Chavez Boulevard is best known for Chicano Park and its plethora of Mexican markets; but with the emergence of strong local restaurants, it’s become a food destination too.
Barrio Logan is the location of Chicano Park, a Chicano-themed public park created in large part by the local residents. Chicano Park is a 32,000 square meter (7.9 acre) urban park located beneath the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge. It features more than 60 murals painted on the concrete support piers for the 2.4 mile-long bridge and the intersecting highway.
The park is located at the site of a 1970s demonstration, land takeover, and cultural renaissance for the Mexican-American community and is home to the country’s largest collection of colorful outdoor murals, as well as various sculptures, earthworks, and an architectural piece dedicated to the cultural heritage of the community.
It was designated an official historic site by the San Diego Historical Site Board in 1980 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 2017 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary on April 20, 2020.